Fifteen of the largest companies in Solomon Islands are pioneering measures to promote gender equality in the workplace. Through the Waka Mere Commitment to Action, they work toward at least one of three goals: promote more women in leadership, build respectful and supportive workplaces, and increase opportunities for women in jobs traditionally held by men. The initiative is led by IFC and the Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), with support from the Australian and New Zealand governments. Both companies and employees have already started to see the benefits – below are some of their testimonials.
Find out more about the progress achieved during the first year of the initiative (Waka Mere report) and about IFC’s work on gender in East Asia and the Pacific.