FEATURE STORY March 8, 2018

IWD2018: Celebrating the next generation of Pacific women leaders

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To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018, and as part of our ongoing series, #PacificPossible, we are getting to know some of the young women leaders that are making an impact across the Pacific.

We’re pleased to share the thoughts, ideas and big visions of next-gen women leaders in the Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu , each of who are sharing their views on what’s possible for the future of their countries and their region as a whole.

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. This year the campaign is calling people to #PressforProgress in motivating and uniting friends, colleagues and whole communities to think, act and be gender inclusive. See the all the interviews below.

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Annette Sete is an entrepreneur and fashion designer. From her home base in Kokopo, Papua New Guinea she runs a handicraft gift business called Maku GiftsUsing natural items, like wood, drift wood, sea shells, coconut shells, even recycled plastic bottles Annette is a leading voice in the effort to better promote PNG-made handicrafts to the world. Meet AnnetteChristine Peipul is Executive Manager of the Papua New Guinea Tourism Industry Association (TIA), whose members include airlines, hotels, tour operators and event companies, and provincial tourism operators. Christine sees her role as one of advocacy, facilitation and networking. Meet Christine33-year old Kantaaake Corbett is the Chief of the Health Information Unit in Kiribati’s Ministry of Health & Medical Services. She’s a firm believer that data really can change lives. Meet Kantaake
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Dr Leeanne Rose Panisi leads a team of Obstetricians and Gynecologists for the Solomon Islands Ministry of Health. Between 2011 and 2014, Leeanne was the sole local obstetrician and gynecologist in Solomon Islands; responsible for more than 5000 births each year. Meet LeeanneMaybelline Andon-Bing is the Secretary of Finance in the Republic of Marshall Islands, who believes nothing should ever hold young Pacific women back. Meet MaybellineNorleen Oliver is the Gender Development Officer and Chief of Social Affairs for the national government of Federated States of Micronesia. Meet Norleen
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Resmah Kalotiti is one of Vanuatu’s top female surfers who is now carving out a niche as Vanuatu’s first female board shaper. Meet ResmahSharon Shyamni Narayan is a Project Manager and runs an alternative media company in Fiji called The Genda Project. Meet SharonSwashna Deo works as an ICT sales manager for Digicel in Fiji. She believes that women in the private sector in the Pacific are now increasingly empowered to achieve their goals, their way. Meet Swashna
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Taatialeoitiiti (Titi) Agnes Tutuvanu-Schwalger is the CEO of Samoa’s Land Transport Authority. Titi is also an engineer, a mother of three and 28 years old. Meet TitiVillaney Remengesau is a powerful advocate for people with disabilities across the Pacific; and has served as President and Secretary of OMEKESANG, a disabled persons organisation in Palau. Meet Villaney Yolanda Joab-Mori works in climate change education for the International Organization for Migration in Chuuk, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM). Meet Yolanda
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Annette Sete is an entrepreneur and fashion designer. From her home base in Kokopo, Papua New Guinea she runs a handicraft gift business called Maku GiftsUsing natural items, like wood, drift wood, sea shells, coconut shells, even recycled plastic bottles Annette is a leading voice in the effort to better promote PNG-made handicrafts to the world. Meet Annette. Read the interviewChristine Peipul is Executive Manager of the Papua New Guinea Tourism Industry Association (TIA), whose members include airlines, hotels, tour operators and event companies, and provincial tourism operators. Christine sees her role as one of advocacy, facilitation and networking. Meet Christine. Read the interview33-year old Kaantakke Corbett is the Chief of the Health Information Unit in Kiribati’s Ministry of Health & Medical Services. She’s a firm believer that data really can change lives. Meet Kaantakke. Read the interview


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