Senior Administrative Officer, Guadalcanal Provincial Government
My name is Priscillar Oliver and I am from the Solomon Islands. I am married with two children, a boy and a girl. I am a graduate of the University of the South Pacific with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Management Public Administration and Tourism Studies.
What is your current position at GPG?
Currently I am working with the Guadalcanal Provincial Government as a Senior Administration Officer looking after four regional centres of Guadalcanal.
Have you held any other positions?
Yes, this year I was also appointed as a Vice Chairperson to the Appointed Day committee for Guadalcanal Province.
How long have you worked with GPG?
I have been working with the Guadalcanal Provincial Government for 2 years now.
Have you had the opportunity to take a leadership role in your work?
Yes, in the administration extension, I am supervising for the main extension officer for the 4 regional centres of Guadalcanal Province.
What challenges have you faced?
Yes, I have faced a few challenges but I will with you one of them. I got married to my husband during my first year of study at the University of the South Pacific, Solomon Islands campus. I went through the struggle of being stressed with more roles and responsibilities to play, being a mother, wife and having to complete my education all at the same time. My program was only a three year program, however it took me 5 years to complete. I graduated on September 9, 2012 with my degree. I was unemployed for awhile and dependant on my husband, but since securing employment with GPG these challenges have begun to subside.
What have been some of your biggest accomplishments?
My biggest accomplishment was I managed to complete my education even though I struggled with family life, being pregnant and giving birth during examination week together with caring for my baby while studying. I would say gaining that degree and having my two children are my biggest accomplishments.
Why do you think women and girls need to participate in local decision making?
Women and girls should participate in local decision making because they bring a wealth of experience and very different from what men bring, because of the different roles and responsibilities that they have carried out starting from the home. If more women are included in decision making they will also make other women in the community feel important and recognised and more aware of the capabilities they have.
What can local government for to help improve the lives of women and girls?The local government should encourage more women in the workforce especially for senior posts. They should provide more training for women if they see there is a need to. Encourage women’s participation in any meetings so that they can voice their concerns.