Women in security in Pacific Islands

Women still lack adequate influence in setting security agendas, yet there is evidence that significant gains can occur when a more gender-sensitive and inclusive approach is taken, Anouk Ride and Meg Keen write in this analysis on Policy Forum: https://www.policyforum.net/too-few-boots-on-the-ground/

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New report on family violence services launched today

A new report “Women’s Experiences of Family Violence Services in Solomon Islands”  was launched today in Honiara as part of the celebrations for the 16 Days of Activism  Against Gender Based Violence. The Solomon Islands Government has taken a number  of measures including the gazetting of the Family Protection Act 2014 (FPA) in April  2016. … Read more

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New report on family violence services launched today

Herstory film wins Best Feature Film at Native Lens Film Festival

At the inaugural Native Lens Film Festival in Honiara, a team of local    and international judges awarded the film “Herstory: Women              working in corrections” coproduced by the Correctional Services  Solomon Islands (CSSI) Women’s Network and Sukwadi Media the  award for Best Feature Film 2019. Herstory is a participatory … Read more

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Herstory film wins Best Feature Film at Native Lens Film Festival

Social Attitudes to Violence Against Women and Girls – What messages work?

Working for the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs of the Solomon Islands, Dr Anouk Ride collaborated with local researchers on the first social marketing research about attitudes to violence against women and girls to be conducted in the Pacific Islands region. The pilot study details the most appropriate messages to stop violence … Read more

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Herstory film in competition in regional film festival

The UK High Commission and CSSI have funded one of the pioneering women in corrections, Inspector Dorothy Siru and CSSI Women’s Network Chair Wendy Gebe to attend the Ânûû-rû Âboro Film Festival from 18-26 October at Pwêêdi Wiimîâ (Poindimié). The two women will represent the film, produced by Sukwadi Media with funding support from Australian … Read more

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Economic participation of young women report launched

A new report “Enhancing the Economic Participation of Vulnerable Youth Women in Solomon Islands” financed by the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality was launched today. The study, including field research designed and overseen by Dr Anouk Ride, identifies constraints to, and effective measures for, increasing the economic participation of … Read more

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Economic participation of young women report launched

After the Switch – the New China-Solomon Ties, Conflict and International Aid

An analysis of the impact of the switch in bilateral relations from Taiwan to China is provided today in a new article by Dr Anouk Ride published in Australian Outlook, the online publication of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. An outline is given of implications of the switch for conflict, with some guidance about … Read more

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Infrastructure, conflict and the Pacific

In a recent article for the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Dr Anouk Ride argues that donors need to be more cognizant of, and responsive to, local conflict risks in where and how infrastructure is delivered. Using the example of Solomon Islands, she tracks the impacts of previous infrastructure decisions on conflict and gender equality … Read more

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Herstory: Women working in corrections 1986-2018

“Herstory: Women working in corrections” book  tells the stories of pioneering women working in prisons in Solomon Islands and how collectively they fought for women to be considered equal to men in the male-dominated security sector. Sukwadi Media worked with the CSSI Women’s Network over nine months on this participatory research and media project to … Read more

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Herstory: Women working in corrections 1986-2018

Community Resilience in Natural Disasters available in Kindle edition (0)

Published on Thu, 10/11/16 | News, Uncategorized

Told through the voices of local community leaders, “Community Resilience in Natural Disasters” by Dr Anouk Ride and Prof. Diane Bretherton analyzes how communities respond to natural disasters and how outsiders contribute positively – or negatively – to their response, promoting debate on the role of aid and the media in times of crisis. A critical read for those working in development, peace and community mobilisation, the book  is available in a Kindle edition: https://www.amazon.com/Community-Resilience-Natural-Disasters-Anouk-ebook/dp/B009AYK610/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1478737229&sr=8-1&keywords=%22community+resilience+in+natural+disasters%22

Social Attitudes to Violence Against Women and Girls – What messages work? (0)

Published on Tue, 12/11/19 | News, Research, Uncategorized

Working for the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs of the Solomon Islands, Dr Anouk Ride collaborated with local researchers on the first social marketing research about attitudes to violence against women and girls to be conducted in the Pacific Islands region. The pilot study details the most appropriate messages to stop violence against women and girls and how is best to deliver anti-violence messages. The research was conducted with women who have experienced violence, men who have perpetrated violence and are in prison, and male, female and youth representatives from different communities (in Guadalcanal, Malaita and Temotu provinces).

The research is intended to have a practical use – to increase the effectiveness of messages and communications materials, activities and events that the various government, church, women’s organisations, INGOs and refuge services conduct and/or to stimulate new actions that can lead to social change. A review of the previous violence against women policy (2010-2015) found that “greater coordination is required for key messaging” particularly for awareness raising about violence and the Family Protection Act and this research is intended to inform such joint efforts[i].

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The report was commissioned by the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (MWYCFA) with funding support by Oxfam Australia as part of the Safe Families Fund, an initiative funded by the Australian Aid Program aimed at eliminating violence against women in the Solomon Islands.


[i] Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs. (2017). National Policy to Eliminate Violence Against Women and Girls 2016-2020 Solomon Islands. Honiara: Solomon Islands Government. pp: 10.

Peace Research by Peaceful Means (0)

Published on Sun, 15/04/18 | News, Research, Uncategorized

Dr Anouk Ride and Professor Diane Bretherton presented to the Peace Psychology Conference at University of Notre Dame, Indiana, on “Peace Research by Peaceful Means’, each putting forward principles, approaches and examples of doing research in a peaceful way that advances peace in various different contexts. The session drew on chapters from the book “Methodologies in Peace Psychology: Peace Research by Peaceful Means” released in the Springer Peace Psychology series edited by Daniel J. Christie.

Markets Matter – women and informal markets (0)

Published on Thu, 26/04/18 | News, Research, Uncategorized

The significance of community markets, in terms of economic and social benefits and  women’s security, has been highlighted in a series of short reports about informal markets in  Honiara, Solomon Islands. Dr Meg Keen and Dr Anouk Ride recently published three publications in the InBrief series of the Department of Pacific Affairs, Australian National  University: an introduction to the research project and one on vendor livelihoods and one on  women, security and social inclusion.

The research is the first to survey roadside food markets to detail the value of the markets,  women’s livelihoods and perceptions of security and market management at White River,  Henderson and Fishing Village markets. Surveys and focus groups were conducted by a team  of local researchers including Dr Anouk Ride, Melinda Ki’i and Miriam Resture. The research  was conducted with funding support  from by UN Women and the Canadian  Fund for Local Initiatives and access permission from  the Guadalcanal Provincial Government and Honiara City Council.

Solomon Islands Youth Status Report Launched Today (0)

Published on Wed, 22/08/18 | News, Publications, Research, Uncategorized

The Solomon Islands Youth Status Report was launched today along with the new National Youth Policy 2017-2030 for Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands Youth Status Report is a national report on youth participation in development and political processes. While the youth are a signi cant cohort of the population – seven out of 10 Solomon Islanders are under 34 years old – there are several obstacles to youth involvement in work and livelihoods, politics and decision-making.

Azusa Kubota UNDP Solomon Islands Country Manager and Minister of Women, Youth, Children, and Family Affairs Freida Tuki jointly launched the report (photo right). Dr Anouk Ride gave an overview of the report to the youth representatives, government staff, visiting former UNDP Head Helen Clark and Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela. The report was compiled by Dr Ride with the involvement of 28 government and non-government organisations and youth representatives.

Report available for download here: http://www.pacific.undp.org/content/pacific/en/home/library/eg/solomon-islands-youth-status-report-20180.html

Herstory: Women working in corrections 1986-2018 (0)

Published on Mon, 1/07/19 | News, Publications, Research

Herstory: Women working in corrections” book  tells the stories of pioneering women working in prisons in Solomon Islands and how collectively they fought for women to be considered equal to men in the male-dominated security sector. Sukwadi Media worked with the CSSI Women’s Network over nine months on this participatory research and media project to bring the book and a film to fruition, with funding support from Australian Government.

The book HerStoryis the collective story of 24 women who worked in prisons and correctional services from 1986 to the present day. These women have a combined total of 377 years of service to CSSI. It is the first time Pacific correctional officers have published their own history of service.

Free download e-version is available: http://d1009381.my.ozhosting.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Herstory-Booklet-FINAL_BLEED2.pdf

Gender and social inclusion in fisheries (0)

Published on Sun, 24/03/19 | News, Research

Dr Anouk Ride was recently engaged as a specialist by the World Bank to conduct gender and social inclusion analysis for their upcoming fisheries projects in Tonga and Kiribati. In each of these locations, while women collect the majority of seafood from coastal areas for family consumption (a practice referred to as gleaning), they are often excluded from participation in catch and sale of higher value species and relevant decision-making about natural resources. Identifying gendered work in fisheries and obstacles women and youth face todevelop sustainable livelihoods in fisheries is just one of many steps needed to broaden the benefits of fisheries to all.

Riots in Solomon Islands: the day after (0)

Published on Fri, 26/04/19 | News, Research

Riots broke out in Solomon Islands on 24 April following the parliament’s controversial election of Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Despite the country peacefully holding its first elections since the end of the regional assistance mission earlier this month, frustration with the political system has been fomenting for some time and the riots were targeted with political meaning, as argued in a submission for the Australian Institute of International Affairs “Australian Outlook”: https://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/riots-solomon-islands-day-after/

Infrastructure, conflict and the Pacific (0)

Published on Wed, 28/08/19 | News, Research

In a recent article for the Australian Institute of International Affairs, Dr Anouk Ride argues that donors need to be more cognizant of, and responsive to, local conflict risks in where and how infrastructure is delivered. Using the example of Solomon Islands, she tracks the impacts of previous infrastructure decisions on conflict and gender equality in the local context. Read more: http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/infrastructure-conflict-and-the-pacific-risks-and-realities/

After the Switch – the New China-Solomon Ties, Conflict and International Aid (0)

Published on Fri, 4/10/19 | News, Research

An analysis of the impact of the switch in bilateral relations from Taiwan to China is provided today in a new article by Dr Anouk Ride published in Australian Outlook, the online publication of the Australian Institute of International Affairs. An outline is given of implications of the switch for conflict, with some guidance about how donors can respond and encourage early intervention in conflicts which could arise in Solomon Islands in the next few years. Read the article online: http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/australianoutlook/after-the-switch-the-new-china-solomon-ties-conflict-and-international-aid/

Economic participation of young women report launched (0)

Published on Thu, 17/10/19 | News, Research

A new report “Enhancing the Economic Participation of Vulnerable Youth Women in Solomon Islands” financed by the World Bank’s East Asia and Pacific Umbrella Facility for Gender Equality was launched today.

The study, including field research designed and overseen by Dr Anouk Ride, identifies constraints to, and effective measures for, increasing the economic participation of vulnerable young women in urban and peri-urban areas of Solomon Islands. The findings will inform both the SIG’s Community Access and Urban Services Enhancement (CAUSE) project, as well as development partners supporting gender, youth and disability livelihood activities in Solomon Islands.

Herstory film in competition in regional film festival (0)

Published on Thu, 17/10/19 | Film in the Pacific, News

The UK High Commission and CSSI have funded one of the pioneering women in corrections, Inspector Dorothy Siru and CSSI Women’s Network Chair Wendy Gebe to attend the Ânûû-rû Âboro Film Festival from 18-26 October at Pwêêdi Wiimîâ (Poindimié). The two women will represent the film, produced by Sukwadi Media with funding support from Australian Aid. Read more: http://www.solomonstarnews.com/index.php/features/women/item/22164-cssi-women-s-network-departs-for-international-film-festival

Herstory film wins Best Feature Film at Native Lens Film Festival (0)

Published on Wed, 13/11/19 | Film in the Pacific, Films, News, Uncategorized

At the inaugural Native Lens Film Festival in Honiara, a team of local    and international judges awarded the film “Herstory: Women              working in corrections” coproduced by the Correctional Services  Solomon Islands (CSSI) Women’s Network and Sukwadi Media the  award for Best Feature Film 2019. Herstory is a participatory  documentary film that tells the stories of pioneering women who were  the first to work in prisons in Solomon Islands. These women tell their  personal stories of achievement and how they collectively fought for  women’s rights in a once male-dominated workplace.

Dr Anouk Ride, co-producer initially accepted the award on behalf of the film-making team then, at a ceremony yesterday, this award was formerly handed over by co-producer Wendy Gebe to the CSSI Commissioner.

New report on family violence services launched today (0)

Published on Tue, 26/11/19 | News, Research

A new report “Women’s Experiences of Family Violence Services in Solomon Islands”  was launched today in Honiara as part of the celebrations for the 16 Days of Activism  Against Gender Based Violence. The Solomon Islands Government has taken a number  of measures including the gazetting of the Family Protection Act 2014 (FPA) in April  2016. Three years later, this research discovers women’s sense of safety and satisfaction  with family violence services including courts, counselling and refuges, health services  and the most often used service: police. The findings are based on qualitative analysis  of approximately 10% of all service users: a total of 126 interviews with service users  across five provinces, plus 24 interviews with service provider staff. The findings  triangulate violence survivors’ perspectives on service provision, situational factors and  personal agency in order to provide recommendations for the future of the FPA system.
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Women in security in Pacific Islands (0)

Published on Thu, 14/05/20 | News, Research

Women still lack adequate influence in setting security agendas, yet there is evidence that significant gains can occur when a more gender-sensitive and inclusive approach is taken, Anouk Ride and Meg Keen write in this analysis on Policy Forum: https://www.policyforum.net/too-few-boots-on-the-ground/

Why LinkedIn is better for girls and women than Facebook (0)

Published on Mon, 22/10/18 | Uncategorized

An opinion on the benefits of focusing on what women and girls do, rather than how they look, using social media sites: http://www.anoukride.com/2018/10/22/why-linkedin-is-better-for-girls-and-women-than-facebook/