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Short bio: Theses articles are the fruit of collaborations between our editorial team and various official entities, such as the South Pacific Community for the "70 Inspiring Women" series.

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The Tahiti Women’s Forum will celebrate its come back on 15 and 16 of October

For its third edition, the Forum will focus on women as active change makers in the Pacific area. Through conferences, round tables and workshops, the Forum will explore the wayto push women’s influence in the economic world, cultural and intergenerational diversity. It also address the management of the mental load, the relational intelligenceto be more agile and the way to put people at the heart … Continue reading The Tahiti Women’s Forum will celebrate its come back on 15 and 16 of October

Every tourist in Palau has to sign a pledge to protect its environment

Meet Jennifer Koskelin. Together with her team, she originated the implementation of a National Marine Sanctuary that covers over 80% of the maritime territory of the small Micronesian country of Palau. She also created the Palau Pledge, a global reference for sustainable tourism. Palau is an independent Micronesian country located in the North Pacific Ocean, very close to Indonesia. With approximately 500 islands (six populated) … Continue reading Every tourist in Palau has to sign a pledge to protect its environment

Papahānaumokuākea : a marine sanctuary to protect Hawaii’s natural and cultural heritage

Meets Solomon Kaho’ohalahala, one of the guests of Island Voices that has travelled from Hawaii to Tahiti for this gathering. For many years, Solomon has campaigned in Hawaii to promote the creation of Papahānaumokuākea marine sanctuary, today one of the largest marine reserve in the world. In Hawaiian, Papahānaumokuākea translates to “where life originates from”. This is the name that was given to Hawaii’s North-West … Continue reading Papahānaumokuākea : a marine sanctuary to protect Hawaii’s natural and cultural heritage

Dely wants to save the traditions of Vanuatu

Thirty-four-year-old Dely Roy Nalo is a Ni-Vanuatu visual artist and cultural field worker who is passionate about promoting and safeguarding the cultural heritage of Northern Vanuatu. Dely lives in Luganville on Espiritu Santo Island with her family and speaks fluent French, English and Bislama, in addition to her father’s vernacular language, Mwerlap. “My idea is that if each culture can understand or at the very least acknowledge each other, a platform can be set for mutual respect” she told … Continue reading Dely wants to save the traditions of Vanuatu

Meet the uncontested woman champion of Samoan longboat racing

Zita Martel is a Pacific renaissance woman whose colourful, bold and courageous life serves as an inspiration to women and men in her native Samoa and beyond. In 2001, she became the first and only woman skipper to take up longboat racing, a traditional Polynesian sport reserved for men and where she still wins many of the races to this day. Her mastery of this … Continue reading Meet the uncontested woman champion of Samoan longboat racing

How Mama Keneseli has changed Tuvalu

Sixty-three year old Mamao Keneseli has made significant contributions to community development on Nui atoll, one of nine districts in Tuvalu, for close to four decades. Her story is representative of a number of women community leaders in Tuvalu, now in their 60s, 70s and 80s, who have worked to improve the status of women and girls in Tuvalu despite facing numerous challenges. Ms Keneseli … Continue reading How Mama Keneseli has changed Tuvalu

Ngedikes: portrait of a politician from Palau

Her Excellency Ngedikes Olai Uludong, 39, is Palau’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Palau’s Ambassador on Climate Change. She explains her philosophy to the SPC: “If my parents were strong and aggressive enough to fight for the rights of Palau, then I can carry this legacy on. Just because I am a woman doesn’t mean that I can’t participate in negotiations, seen as predominantly … Continue reading Ngedikes: portrait of a politician from Palau

Fishing in the Pacific: “we have to give back as we take out”

At 35, Cook Islander Pamela Maru is part of a small but growing handful of Pacific women leading -and shaping- the future of fisheries in the world’s largest ocean. She is one of six Fisheries Management Advisers at the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency in the Solomon Islands, where she provides technical advice for Pacific tuna fisheries management policies in the world’s largest ocean. She … Continue reading Fishing in the Pacific: “we have to give back as we take out”

Chailang Palacios Chamorro Heritage Custodian and Teacher

A 76 years-old fighter for a nuclear-free Pacific

Chamorro heritage custodian and teacher, Chailang Palacios, aged 76, has been an important pioneer of the international indigenous rights in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas Islands, as well as global peace movements, for many decades. In the 1980s she was active against nuclear waste dumping in the world’s deepest ocean – the Marianas Trench. In 1984, Chailang did a speaking tour of England, Scotland and … Continue reading A 76 years-old fighter for a nuclear-free Pacific

How the first female taxi driver of the Marshall Islands became a Senator

Marshall Islands Senator Daisy Alik-Momotaro has spent a number of decades working in community development as well as advocating for the rights of women, youth and children. In 1984, she participated in the country’s first Women’s Leadership Workshop organised by the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI), which led her and nine other women to travel to all of the country’s outer … Continue reading How the first female taxi driver of the Marshall Islands became a Senator