Bishops’ West Papua visit hailed by Catholic women

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Apr 182016
 

A Catholic Womens group in West Papua has called for regional support for their people’s plight, after a visit to the Indonesian territory by Catholic Bishops from other parts of Melanesia.

Followers of Muslim faiths generally coexist peacefully with Christians in Papua

23 Bishops from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji visited West Papua last week.

Click here to learn more: http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/301328/bishops’-west-papua-visit-hailed-by-catholic-women

Boost for women in Pacific maritime sector

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Apr 182016
 

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The Pacific Women in Maritime Association (PacWiMA) has been revived and will advocate for the empowerment and integration of Pacific women in the maritime sector.

This was among the outcomes of a conference held in Tonga last week which brought together stakeholders from the region’s maritime sector to actively discuss and share ideas on the theme of recognising the economic contribution and leadership of women in this sector.

Click here to read more: http://www.spc.int/en/media-releases/2430-boost-for-women-in-pacific-maritime-sector.html

Tongan women encouraged to enter politics

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Apr 182016
 

Tongan women protest against the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, arguing it includes counter-culture clauses such as same sex marriage and abortion.

A New Zealand MP who has been in Tonga encouraging women to participate in politics says women there need to change their mindsets.

Jenny Salesa, who is also Tongan, held an meeting in Nuku’alofa last week inviting women who were interested in standing in local government or parliamentary elections.

Click here to read more: http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/301753/tongan-women-encouraged-to-enter-politics

Hariata Among Winners of 28 Maori Battalion Scholarships

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Apr 182016
 

YOUNG Ruatoria woman Hariata Dalton-Reedy is one of five winners of Ngarimu VC and 28 (Maori) Battalion memorial scholarships.

The scholarship was established in 1948 in honour of 28 Maori Battalion and supports the education of young people earmarked as future Maori leaders.

Click here to read more: http://gisborneherald.co.nz/localnews/2267541-135/hariata-among-winners-of-28-maori

North Pacific Women’s Action Program

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Apr 102016
 

The East-West Center’s Leadership Programs are currently accepting nominations for the 2016 North Pacific Women’s Action Program (WAPNP), hosted in partnership between the East-West Center and the New Zealand Consulate-General in Honolulu, Hawaii.  This program is open to women from the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands who are active in their communities and interested in creating and supporting positive local initiatives.

The North Pacific Women’s Action Program works with women to develop their ability to begin, support, and grow activities that address community needs and support community wellbeing. Through a three-day workshop, participants learn and practice approaches for informed effective action around important community issues. Ultimately, the program seeks to increase women’s participation in their communities and in local decision-making.

Nominations for this program are being accepted through May 1, 2016.  All completed nomination forms must be submitted to the PIWIL@eastwestcenter.org email account by close of business on that date (Honolulu).  Participants will be interviewed and selected by June 1st, 2016.  The three-day workshops will occur in late July or early August 2016, one each in Pohnpei (FSM) and Majuro (RMI).

Click here for more information: http://www.eastwestcenter.org/education/leadership-programs/north-pacific-womens-action-program

Micronesian Women Legends

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Mar 302016
 

March is Women’s History Month and is celebrated each year to recognize and embrace womanhood.

In Micronesia, the islands have legends about women who played important roles in society. These stories have taught us all the importance of respecting women.

Click to learn more: http://www.mvariety.com/regional-news/84826-micronesian-women-legends

Hundreds Celebrate International Women’s Day in Pohnpei

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Mar 302016
 

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Under the theme “Pledge for Parity” and “Utupen pali riau, iei me kepweipen doadoahk,” the women kicked off their celebration of International Women’s Day at PICS Track and Field.

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Yap State EPA Water Quality Laboratory Certified Through US FAS Lab Certification Program

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Mar 302016
 

12108863_252411238433481_485135901881723568_nThe U.S. Freely Associated States Laboratory Certification Program has re-certified the Yap State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Water Quality Laboratory for drinking water analysis under the Colilert® Method, and marine and other surface water analysis under the Enterolert™ Method. This certification is valid for 2 years, effective immediately through March 2018. During the audit Acting Laboratory Supervisor Anastasia Perogolo was re-certified as a laboratory technician for the Colilert® and Enterolert™ methods.

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Fishbone Hair

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Mar 242016
 

untitled“Fishbone Hair” is a poem that was written after the death of my niece, Bianca Lanki, who passed away from leukemia when she was only 8 years old. It’s a reflection on the many Marshallese who’ve passed away from cancer, and other radiation related illnesses, and the legacy of the US nuclear testing program on our islands. It’s a call to remember, to honor, to never forget – it asks who have you lost to radiation related illnesses?

– Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

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