3 May 2012

Solomons welcomes joining UN Women's Executive Board

5:09 pm on 3 May 2012

The Solomon Islands government says the country's inclusion on the United Nations Women's Executive Board will be good for local women.

Solomon Islands was elected to the UN Women's governing body in New York last week.

The SIBC reports the Prime Minister, Gordon Darcy Lilo, as saying in a statement, it provides an opportunity for Solomon Islands women to represent their needs.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth, Ethel Sigimanu, says Solomons women's voices will be heard internationally, especially with Australia also joining the board.

"Australia has a huge presence in the Solomon Islands as a development partner, not only with RAMSI, but also Ausaid. And so Australia's presence on the UNWomen executive board is also very important for us in that regard, and we look forward to working with Australia."

The Permanent secretary of the Solomon Islands Ministry of Women, Children and Youth, Ethel Sigimanu.