International Women’s Day 2019 celebrated in Pohnpei
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- Published: Friday, 17 May 2019 04:59
- Written by Bill Jaynes
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Pohnpei Women’s Advisory Council
The Pohnpei Women Advisory Council (PWAC) celebrated International Women’s Day in Pohnpei from March 2-8, 2018. PWAC, is the umbrella organization for women groups in Pohnpei, with 20 groups and over 2,000 members.
The theme for this year’s International Women’s Day, is: “Balance for Better”.
On Saturday, March 2, members of PWAC organized a clean-up outside the Pohnpei State Hospital and planted trees and flowers. On Sunday, March 3, PWAC visited the patients at the hospital and inmates at the Pohnpei State Jail, conducted prayer services and provided cash donations to the patients and food for the inmates. A series of workshops were held on March 4, 6 and & 7 at the Governor’s Conference Room with presentations from various NGOs and Government offices. The workshops included jam making, handicraft making, social issues, hydroponics, core values & noble causes, waste management, maternal depression, health, education social issues, Family Safety Act, Good governance, Conservation, Disability, Access to Justice, Pohnpei Domestic Violence Act, United Joint Presence, DRR & Community Resilience, Water Quality, and Geo-literacy Education in Micronesia.
Friday, March 8 was celebrated at the Kolonia-China Friendship Gymnasium at the Spanish Wall, from 9 a.m. to 5: p.m., with speeches, display of arts and crafts, agricultural and marine products with traditional and modern dances. The Pohnpei Women’s Council legal counsel, Marstella Jack, delivered the keynote address. Mayor of Kolonia Town, Jose San Nicolas, Luhk Pohnpei, gave the welcoming remarks. Pohnpei Women Council recognized the Pohnpei Consumer Organization, a NGO for people with disabilities by donating a small cash donation to the organization.
“This year’s event marks another history showcasing the unity of Pohnpei women. Every year, IWD events are improving and we are proud of that. This year’s theme calls for unity and betterment. says PWAC President Susana Sohs”.
PWAC would like to recognize the following individuals, government and businesses for their support in making this year’s IWD a reality:
Honorable Iso Nanken of U
Kolonia Town Government
FSM Telecommunications Corporation
FSM Development Bank
Western & Central Pacific Fisheries
PREL (Parent Role in Education)
FSM Health and Social Affairs
Pohnpei State Office of the Governor
Pohnpei State Social Affairs
Pohnpei Youth for Change
Island Food Community of Pohnpei
The Nature Conservancy
Micronesia Conservation Trust
Conservation Society of Pohnpei
FSM Supreme Court
Pacific Judicial Strengthening Initiative
United Joint Presence
Micronesia Red Cross Society
Environment Protection Agency
Senior Pastor Bethwel Henry
Sister Christina Elias