CSSI Women's Network members awarded OZ's 2014 IWD award. Photo: Courtesy of Australia in Solomon Islands  Facebook page

CSSI Women’s Network members awarded OZ’s 2014 IWD award. Photo: Courtesy of Australia in Solomon Islands Facebook page

The Correctional Services of Solomon Islands Women’s Network has been awarded the inaugural Annual Australian High Commissioner’s International Women’s Day Award.

The Award wants to recognize inspirational and pioneering Solomon Islands women who show leadership, innovation and courage, and whose achievements have opened the way for others.

Speaking at the awards ceremony this morning, Australian High Commissioner, Andrew Byrne said the award is presented to the Correctional Services of Solomon Islands Women’s Network for their exceptional work in promoting gender equality in the workplace.

“Now these women have actively lobbied for institutional change by conducting a gender audit in the workplace and they now have a very impressive gender action plan in place in their institution. They are having a regional impact beyond Solomon Islands by convening the first regional conference for women working in their sector. They actively celebrate the achievements of women and recently held a graduation ceremony for women trained to work in their field,” he said.

The ceremony took place as part of the Australian High Commission’s International Women’s Day breakfast.

International Women’s Day is celebrated globally each year on 8 March to commemorate the economic, political and social achievements of women.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology has today applauded women throughout the country for their contribution towards natural resource management on the eve of the International Women’s Day.

The International Women’s Day is celebrated every year on March 8.

Permanent Secretary Dr Melchior Mataki said women across the country have made invaluable contributions towards resource management in the face of changing climate and weather patterns, reoccurring natural disasters and rapidly changing socioeconomic conditions.

In the brief statement on behalf of his Minister and the Ministry, Dr Mataki said the Ministry recognizes and acknowledge the commitment of all women in the country working to meet the goals and objectives of the Government and in particular the Ministry.

He said the Ministry will continue to improve their partnership with women leaders and women-folk in implementing Ministry activities.

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