Leading Non-Profit Launches Local Female Leaders Program to Recognize Thought Leaders in Island Communities

Islands Society launches unique program dedicated to showcasing the value of outstanding women making a local impact in island communities to a global stage.

Washington, DC, August 08, 2015 --(PR.com)-- The capacity for island communities to effectively address environmental changes and threats to human security cannot be met without the full inclusion and equal participation of women and girls. Often removed from the loci of political decision-making where advocacy of this kind is strongest, island communities are thus limited in their exposure and engagement in campaigns that encourage gender parity and inclusiveness. For example, many islands in the Pacific region suffer from some of the lowest international rankings in female parliamentary representation and similarly lag in executive positions.

The Islands Society believes the need for greater public awareness of existing barriers must be accompanied by the promotion of women who are successfully breaking them. The Islands Society’s Local Female Leaders (LFL) Program thus seeks to promote leading female change-makers in island communities around the world by showcasing their insights on how the health and well-being of girls and women can be improved in the unique context of island communities.

Communities and leaders are invited to nominate outstanding women leading positive change to share their personal and professional experiences. LFL will feature leaders on a monthly basis and provide women with an opportunity to showcase their local perspectives on the global stage.

“Creating a culture that celebrates and supports local leaders is central to the Islands Society’s commitment to creating initiatives which ‘respect, inspire and empower islanders’,” said Keiko Ono, Vice President of the Islands Society. “As one of our many leadership initiatives, LFL is unique in that it will create a space dedicated to celebrating strong women in an effort to build stronger, more just societies. The recognition of women and their valuable contributions to sustainable growth is not only vital in cultivating greater gender parity, it is grossly overdue.”

About 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.

See: www.islandssociety.org

Local Female Leaders: www.islandssociety.org/projects/causes/equality/local-female-leaders/

Pacific Islands Society

The Pacific Islands Society a constituent society of the Islands Society. It is dedicated to promoting promoting stronger people-people relations between the Pacific Island Countries and beyond through speaking series, cultural events and annual campaigns.

See: www.islandssociety.org/subsocieties/pacific-islands-society/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/PacificIslandsSociety

About Remote Islands Society
The Remote Islands Society is one of the constituent societies of the Islands Society. As an island which specifically focuses on the remote islands of Japan, the remote Islands society hopes to raise awareness of the issues affecting the 600 islands within Japanese territorial hold.

See: www.islandssociety.org/subsocieties/remote-islands-society/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Remote-Islands-Society/433158006765387

About Baltic Sea Islands Society
The Baltic Sea Islands is one of the constituent societies of the Islands Society dedicated to promoting connections that celebrate and support the cultures and interest of the Baltic Sea Islands.

See: www.islandssociety.org/subsocieties/baltic-sea-islands-society/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/groups/1619960531593875/

About South Carolina Barrier Islands Society
The South Carolina Barrier Island Society is a constituent society to the Island Society which seeks to inspire and empower residents of the barrier islands of South Carolina.

See: www.islandssociety.org/subsocieties/south-carolina-barrier-islands-society/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/South-Carolina-Barrier-Islands-Society/

About Inland Islands Society
The Inland Society is a constituent society to the United Society which aims to empower individuals who depend on lake islands and river islands around the world.

See: www.islandssociety.org/subsocieties/inland-islands-society/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Inland-Islands-Society/911033662301431

About Keiko Ono
Keiko Ono is the current Vice-President of the Pacific Islands Society. Borne of Japanese – Papua New Guinean descent, she was primarily raised between nine countries in South-East Asia, Africa and the Pacific Islands. Prior to joining the Pacific Islands Society, Keiko studied Politics and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) University of London. She has since served as one of three Presidents in SOAS Students Union, worked as a researcher for a Zambian NGO and developed experience as an educator in Tokyo working with the Japan-based international NGO, Peace Boat.

See: Facebook: www.islandssociety.org/about/our-staff
Japan Chapter Pacific Islands Society
Keiko Ono