Portrait of Yoslyn Sigrah, women’s right advocate in Micronesia

Yoslyn Sigrah has dedicated her life’s work to the recognition of women’s and children’s rights in the Federated States of Micronesia.

A longtime advocate for gender issues in Micronesia, Yoslyn has taken on the lack of elected women in politics, in government and parliament, and violence against women and girls.  She was instrumental in the passing of the Family Protection Act in Kosrae in 2014, a law that criminalizes domestic violence. Of the four states in FSM, only Kosrae has so far passed a domestic violence law. She has also pushed for the creation of a Ministry of Women in FSM.

Speaking at the 66th session of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva earlier this year, she raised the plight of Micronesian women.

(This portrait of Yoslyn Sigrah was first published by the Pacific Community for the 70 Inspiring Women campaign, it is reproduced here with their permission.)

The 70 Inspiring Pacific Women campaign has been produced by the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with Australian Aid and Pacific Women. The campaign marks the 70th anniversary of SPC, and leads up to the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of Ministers for Women in Suva (Fiji) from 2nd to 5th October 2017.

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