Women leading and influencing

Frances and Joanna

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Frances Papabatu

Solomon Islands
Master of Education
Monash University, VIC

Frances is the Student Academic Services Coordinator at the the University of the South Pacific, Solomon Islands Campus. She took up the role after she successfully completed a Master of Education and having worked as a senior official in Solomon Islands' Ministry of Education and Human Resources and a high school teacher. In her work, Frances has been actively developing the Solomon Island's Education in Emergencies (EiE) policy and serving as the national EiE focal point.

Frances is concerned that girls from rural Solomon Islands areas drop out of school early, with few career prospects and a future of dependency ahead of them. She is keen to break the dependency cycle so that young women do not repeat it with their daughters. On returning to Solomon Islands, Frances will implement interventions that support these girls with information so they can make informed life choices, and show them that they can improve their capacity and become future leaders.

Joanna Brislane

Manager, Practice Systems, Our Watch, VIC

Joanna is a gender equality advisor who specialises in the prevention of violence against women. Through her work with the International Women's Development Agency (IWDA), YWCA Solomon Islands, the Australian Football League, and DFAT's Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program, Joanna has designed and implemented primary prevention projects based on emerging best practice. She is skilled in facilitating gender training and developing tools and resources to encourage gender equity principles to be included into an organisation's structures.

Joanna's current work with the Australian gender-based violence foundation, Our Watch, includes developing a national engagement strategy focussed on promoting workplace equality and respect. She has developed young women's leadership programs in Solomon Islands, for YWCA and in Vanuatu for CARE International.