Candidate in the 2014 Honiara City Council Elections
Constituency: Mataniko Ward
Ms. Alison Mamare has contested in the past, three times for the provincial elections and now for the Honiara City Council Election.
How many people do you represent?
Currently she is representing 2150 people in her Ward. Some of the people residing in the Ward have registered to vote in the provinces during the National Elections and so are unable vote for her in the HCC election as one have to be registered member in the constituency one is currently living in order to vote.
What challenges have you faced, do you face or think you will face:
Allison has not faced any challenges as she is now doing her campaign. People in her Ward have appreciated what she has done to represent them. Alison has already campaigned in all the zones in her ward. She also gained support from other intending candidates. The only challenge is finance, because she has no money to finance her campaigns and also for her supporters to accompany her.
What are your goals/what do you want to achieve as a council member?
Youth and women are majority of groups who are left out from contributions from HCC in the past. Her goal is to represent youth and women. She wants her W ard to be registered under the Charitable Act to enable them to sought external funding. She also wants to establish a women’s savings club for each zones in her ward. Men and husbands have been supportive on activities women have been involved in and appreciated the things women have done so far for their families and their community.
What have been your accomplishments so far?
- SIWIBA and Rapid Employment Project- help women to work under such schemes.
- Conduct trainings and awareness on good governance for community/ward.
Why do you think girls and women need to participate?
Women and girls stay in homemost of the time andsee the needs of community. In this case, they are the ones who are able to identify and address the needs of the community. Therefore, it is important that women and girls should participate in local decision-making and also in the national arena as well.
What changes are possible in your community?
All these will be possible if someone who has the same mindset that she has and the heart for the people then it will be possible for change to take place. Mostly youths, are not involved in decision making and so really wants the needs of youths to be addressed to prevent them from being involved in anti- social activities which leads to criminal activities.
Are there any other comments you might want to make-to other women or men
If all men and women cooperate and address the needs of the Ward then maybe all other Wards will follow in the same example. Change cannot happen overnight, because there are different people living in the community and so everyone has different mindsets. Continuous training and awareness needs to be carried out to educate people.
The interviewee further added that she must work with her people and not work in isolation but come down to the people and identify the issues/problems they are experiencing in their community. She also stressed that all this time she has been crying for the women of Solomon Islands-their needs have been left out for so long. Most funds delivered has never addressed the needs of women. She concluded that “I am contesting the HCC elections not because out of hurt, but for the heart I have for people”.