Today I announce a new $2.3 million four year partnership with the business community in Solomon Islands that will strengthen the role of women in the economy and importantly encourage more female business leaders.

The empowerment of women and girls is a key priority for Australia's foreign trade and aid agenda in Solomon Islands, and across the Indo-Pacific.

The funding will assist Solomon Islands' largest employers over the next four years to recruit, retain and promote women as employees, business leaders and partners, including in jobs traditionally performed by men.

This additional investment to progress gender equality in Solomon Islands complements Australia's ten-year, $34.8 million Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program.

"The Australian Government is strongly committed to promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls."

"The evidence is clear – investing in women is not just the right thing to do; it makes smart business sense as well," said Minister Fierravanti-Wells.

The program will be delivered in collaboration with the International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group.

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