Coming up in WILPF Queensland
9 December -
- WILPF Qld Branch meeting and Xmas celebration - join us for a Forum on Security Council Resolution 1325: Women, Peace and Security including discussion of the Australian 1325 National Action Plan - 9.00-11.00am
- 9.30am – WILPF Qld Branch meeting, Community Room, Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street, Brisbane
- 10.30am – please join us for morning tea
- 11am – 12.15pm special guest speaker
Dr Alice Aruhe’eta Pollard from the Solomon Islands
Dr Pollard is among the Solomon Islands most prominent women leaders. She founded in 1999 and is currently leading a rural based women’s association named West AreAre Rokotanikeni Association, an advocacy group that promotes women in leadership, women’s economic strengths and livelihoods.
As a researcher on various social issues and leadership in Solomon Islands, Dr Pollard has a deep understanding of the impact of gender, development and culture on agriculture and food security, leadership, community development and gender.
She was a key figure in the Women for Peace movement at the height of the Solomons’ civil conflict, a member of various boards and committees, Coordinator of Women in Government Strategic Programme (2008 -2010), Chairperson of the Solomon Islands College of Higher Education Council (2009 -2011), currently chairs the University of the South Pacific, Solomon Islands Campus Advisory Committee, also chairs the Solomon Islands Democratic Party and Director of Leadership development program. Dr Pollard is one of only three Solomon Islands women with a PhD.
Dr Pollard is the winner of a World of Difference 100 Award from The International Alliance for Women (TIAW). The Award recognises “amazing individuals whose efforts have advanced the economic empowerment of women locally, regionally or worldwide whether they are well known or ‘unsung heroines’.
Dr Pollard is passing through Brisbane on her way to Melbourne to be the keynote speaker at a forum entitled “The Rising Tide of Climate Change”, visiting Australia as a guest of Just Sustainability Australia.