Hilda Lamani, SICCI Board member, Treasurer and Manager Star Supplies.

On 8 March 2021, the Chamber will join women from around the country and the rest of the world in marking International Women’s Day.

Recognizing this year’s theme “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world’, we featuring women business leaders currently serving on our Board who through their own efforts are helping to shape a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic as leaders in the organisations they represent.

Today we’re featuring Hilda Lamani, who believes traditional values and norms is still a hinderance for equality for women in the Solomon Islands.

Coming from a religious background, Hilda upholds gender equality in her family life, work life, spiritual life and personal life.

“It was never our right but God’s right to allow everyone, especially women to be leaders for a better world and be part of this world to share their knowledge and skills given by God,” she says.

She shares with SICCI Media her experiences as a SICCI Board member, her thoughts of the theme for this year’s International Women’s Day and some encouragement for women business leaders looking to serve on the SICCI Board.

 

 Your experience serving on the SICCI Board?

Being a SICCI Board member and Treasurer brings so much exposure and experience in the different fields of work. You meet a lot of people from different backgrounds, most importantly knowing their views and how they commit to achieving their business goals.

Two of the greatest challenges I overcome are confidence and working as a team with a group of professionals. 

Getting out there and speaking on behalf of the private sector or the SICCI team is a rewarding experience. Furthermore, being an independent professional moving away from my office desk to making decisions that will affect the Secretariat and SICCI members is not only challenging but enables us to meet the strategic goals of the chamber.

What are your thoughts on this year’s theme: “Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”?

From my religious background, there are four areas applied in life that upholds me to balance equality; family life, work life, spiritual life and personal life.

A lot of equality issues are also raised around these areas of life which I have experienced and seen in the past in Solomon Islands.

For example, in Solomon Islands equality for women is a hindrance because of traditional values and norms; Women do not have the right to ownership of land, women do not have the right to take higher positions, women do not have the right to decision making and women do not have the right to be a leader in any role.

Everyone needs to stop making excuses about traditions, it is time to change for the better. 

We do not have the right to judge women, we do not have the right to choose what a woman should do.

It was never our right but God’s right to allow everyone, especially women to be leaders for a better world and be part of this world to share their knowledge and skills given by God.

For this year’s theme, women have the right to achieve their family life, work life, spiritual life and personal life for an equal future.

When achieving equality, we can change the foundation of our traditions and teachings of our children to be brought up differently.

It is time to change, let us take up more women leaders.

Do you have any encouragement for women business leaders in regards to SICCI’s upcoming Board elections?

“A good entrepreneurial woman leader is always an honest woman. To be part of the growing business environment, truth, patience and focus will help us through our challenges. All women leaders have the power to physically and spiritually change lives through faith and action.

A business woman leader must learn to understand the environment we are in through love. It is love that creates peace to work with other people and grow our knowledge base.

SICCI is one source of a wonderful journey and experience in our lives to start helping people and working with the community applying our knowledge taken from our foundation of truth and love.

We can never have enough knowledge; the world is full of experience, full of mistakes and full of challenges. A challenge makes us gain more insight to the beautiful wonders of business. 

Involve ourselves to taking risks, never analyze feelings, never assume thoughts, just go get it and have faith.

I encourage all women to build a clear path of foundation based on truth.

About the author

Philip Lilomo is the Chamber's Media & Communications Officer. Philip writes most of the Chamber's media releases. He also manages the website contents, designs the Chamber's monthly newsletter, brochures and maintains the organisation's visual branding. 

Philip can be contacted on email: media@solomonchamber.com.sb 

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