Voice of Women Forum launches

The Speakers, foreground, at Wednesday’s Ainikien Kora Forum opening, are surrounded by the large number of participants and audience participating in the session at the ICC in Majuro. Front, from left: Rev. Jeledrik Binejal, Lerooj Kitene Alberttar, Minister Kitlang Kabua, Assistant Secretary Rebecca Lorennij, and US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Jeremiah Knight. Photo: Chewy Lin.

A National Women’s Forum started this week Wednesday at the International Conference Center in Majuro.

A large turnout of well over 100 people came together for the Ainikien Kora Forum (literally, the Voice of Women Forum).

The major focus of the event is to “raise awareness across all key stakeholders and national decision makers about the Marshall Islands’ regional gender equality commitments, while engaging women leaders to support the national approach to implement these commitments,” according to the advance publicity of the event. It is scheduled to happen from Wednesday to Friday this week.

The organizers also will share recommendations from last year’s 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women with the aim of coming up with recommendations on how to implement these recommendations in the RMI.

The three day event will see presentations and discussions on gender-based violence, women’s economic empowerment, and gender responsive climate justice issues.

Education Minister Kitlang Kabua keynoted the opening Wednesday at the ICC. She was joined by Lerooj Kitene Alberttar, US Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Jeremiah Knight, and Internal Affairs Assistant Secretary Rebecca Lorennij.

The women’s conference is supported by the RMI government, WUTMI, IOM, Mejerik Club, US Embassy, Australian Aid, and the SPC.

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