Solomon Islands

Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately $34.8 million over 10 years (2012–2022) on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in Solomon Islands. More information on the partnership and nature of support is included in the Pacific Women Solomon Islands Country Plan Summary. Details on activities currently underway in-country with various partners is available via our interactive map. The list of program partners can be found here. Solomon Islands is also supported by Pacific Women’s regional program, details of which can be viewed on the interactive map under regional activities.

Stories of Change


Empowering Women is Smart Business

Launched by Australia’s Foreign Minister Hon Julie Bishop in December 2016, the Solomon Islands Professional Women’s Network is a joint initiative of the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the International Finance Corporation’s Pacific Women-funded Empowering Women is Smart Business program.

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Voices from the vendors

In just over three years, UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project has made substantial progress towards achieving its outcomes. The best people to explain how the project is supporting different facets of women’s economic empowerment across three Pacific countries are the market vendors themselves.

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Changing attitudes and mindsets towards violence against women in Lilisiana Village

The ‘Let’s make our Families Safe’ (Safe Families) project is implemented by Oxfam in partnership with the International Women’s Development Agency, the Pacific Leadership Program, as well as local non-government organisations. It mobilises communities and builds coalitions for action in the Solomon Islands to change the social norms, values, attitudes, and beliefs that drive family and sexual violence.

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The Last Taboo: Menstrual Hygiene Challenges in the Pacific

The Burnet Institute, the International Women’s Development Agency and WaterAid Australia have conducted a landmark study uncovering challenges experiences by women and girls in managing their menstruation. The research also examined whether these challenges make it difficult for women and girls to fully participate in school and work, and engage with their communities.

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