YWCA regional training underway - Solomon Star News

YWCA regional training underway

04 November 2014

A Pacific Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) regional leadership and skills building training workshop is currently underway in Honiara.

The Young Women Christian Association (YWCA) in Solomon Islands is hosting the event with saw other YWCA delegates from Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Samoa attending it.

‘Our Future: Moving forward in advancing Inter-generational Approaches to Bold and Transformative Leadership,’ is the theme of the training.

The training is part of the World YWCA movement’s initiative to reflect on the work it has been conducting in the past for women of the world, including Pacific women.

More than 30 participants are attending the training, which is being facilitated by leaders from the World YWCA in Geneva.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Georgina Ariki said hosting this conference is another achievement for YWCA Solomon Islands.

“This training makes it possible for all the participants to learn new skills that you have been able to apply in your activities.”

She said this training is important to empower women to become strategic in their leadership.

She said YWCASI is growing and with that maturity comes a sense of finding the right pathway for the association to respond to the needs in the local community.

“We work hard to try and learn our lessons and the work to continually improve the service we offer, the governance of the organization, the outreach into community and leadership through role modeling for other community groups.”

A speaker and councilor of the training said the Australian government is proud to support women in leadership in Solomon Islands through the pacific women shaping pacific development initiative.

“When women involve in leadership there are better outcomes for communities and families. There is less corruption.”

Throughout this week participants will reflect and learn from their strengths and challenges to determine what bold and transformative leadership steps they should take to move the organisation forward as a faith based, sustainable leading women’s organisation. Participants will be able to develop together a sustainable organisational leadership implementing plan for the YWCAs of the pacific region.

General Secretary of the YWCA of Solomon Islands, Mrs Jenta Manu said, they are extremely proud to be chosen to co- host this regional training for young women and women leaders of the Pacific.

This training is part of the World YWCA commitment to advancing Intergenerational approaches to bold and transformative leadership in Asia and the Pacific region made possible through the support of Australian Aid- DFAT.

The conference continues today and will end on Friday.