Women in Business
The Mission of the Solomon Islands Women In Business Association (SIWIBA) is to promote, develop and empower women’s participation in the private sector.
SIWIBA is focused on gender equality in business. While we have seen women’s empowerment grow in other areas, economic empowerment is still to be achieved for women in the Solomon Islands. Our approach is to develop strong partnerships across the private sector with mainstream groups such as Solomon Islands Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI) – this is an innovative approach which involves us working within the mainstream to empower women.
We are a voluntary non-profit association made up of Solomon Islander women who are in business. SIWIBA was established in 2005 and currently has 50 members. There are over 100 women entrepreneurs in the capital city (Honiara) who have been operating businesses for some years now. There are many more women who are operating informal businesses and would like to build their skills and capacity to grow their businesses.
These businesses have been providing employment and women have been using their earnings to support their families. Children have gained better access to education and health services and their standard of living has generally improved.
SIWIBA aims to promote and build opportunities for the women of Solomon Islands to participate in business at all levels, initially focusing on small and medium size enterprises. SIWIBA’s activities include to:
- Provide support and mentoring to women entrepreneurs
- Promote networking, collaboration and peer support among business women in Solomon Islands
- Support women in increasing their participation in public life in Solomon Islands
- Develop and maintain relationships with government, donor/ development partners and other stakeholders to access resources to meet the needs of our members and
- Do all things that help to advance SIWIBA’s core mission
To inspire women to realise their full potential, importance and status, and be increasingly recognised and heard
in Solomon Islands' Society.
To promote, develop and empower women's participation as business owners in the private sector.