Islands Society Recognizes Soloman Islander as Inaugural “Local Female Leader” – 08/06/15

Honiara, Solomon Islands — August 7, 2015 — Yesterday, the Islands Society announced that it had selected Millicent Barty as a Local Female Leader. Barty was given the award for her efforts to combat illiteracy in the Solomon Islands through Art and Design.

“My goal in life is to bring about change in my country by bridging social cleavages through design,” says Barty. “A majority of my people here in the Solomon Islands are illiterate. With over 82 different dialects across 900 islands, communication is a major barrier for us. I believe that knowledge and information is key. We cannot limit an individual from acquiring knowledge or information because of their literacy level. Design provides a critical tool for helping everyone to be able to understand complex information. Through infographics, we can overcome many of the limitations imposed by illiteracy.”

Through the Local Female Leaders Program, the Islands Society recognizes females from around the world who are thought leaders in their local communities. Under the program, the Islands Society selects a local female leader from a different island community each month. That local female leader is then provided the opportunity to share her insights on how the health and well-being of girls and women can be improved in her own community based on her own life experiences.

About the Islands Society

The Islands Society is an independent, non-partisan, non-governmental organization that develops and implements projects that inspire and empower islanders around the world. These projects are currently organized around two main themes: community projects and next generation leaders. The community projects center on nine issue areas, including charity, conservation, democracy, disaster relief, education, equality, health, innovation, and sustainability. Meanwhile, the next generation leader projects support artists, athletes, chefs, incubators, musicians, policymakers, storytellers, and technologists.

Website: www.islandssociety.org

Local Female Leaders: www.islandssociety.org/projects/causes/equality/emerging-female-leaders-in-the-pacific/

Millicent Barty Interview: www.islandssociety.org/projects/causes/equality/local-female-leaders/milli/

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