SI Chief Magistrate on U.S. Judicial System Program
Honiara, Solomon Islands: Chief Magistrate of the Solomon Islands Central Magistrate Court, Emma Garo is the latest participant in the U.S. Embassy’s International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) on “The U.S. Judicial System – Protecting Women and Children,” from July 29 to August 16, 2019. Chief Magistrate Garo will start her U.S. program in Washington, DC and then travel to Boston, Massachusetts.
Chief Magistrate Emma Garo’s participation in this IVLP program directly supports women’s increasing participation in the political and economic life of Solomon Islands, while strengthening democratic institutions and the responsiveness of government to citizen demands in Solomon Islands.
As a lawyer, Ms. Garo has been a staunch advocate in the legal profession for the protection of women and children and upholding ethics in the legal profession. She was recently appointed Chief Magistrate of the Solomon Island Main Court – the first female to hold the post. Among her first actions on the job was to arrange to have judges go out to the provinces to hear legal cases and making major reforms at the Court.
This program will demonstrate that nations that support the ideals of equality and inclusion are inherently more stable, peaceful, and prosperous. Protecting and empowering vulnerable citizens is not only a moral imperative but a practice that promotes social and economic development. This project supports the Department’s strategic goal of enhancing democracy and supporting citizen security. It examines the American legal system and U.S. efforts to protect and strengthen women’s rights and the welfare of children, including within the juvenile justice system.
Participants will explore family law and custody issues and examine how NGOs and local, state, and federal government promote women’s access to justice. They will identify areas of concern specifically to women and children such as health care, reproductive rights, gender-based violence, trafficking in persons, access to education, and equal opportunities in employment. Participants will also share perspectives on challenges and successes in their home countries and best practices in advocacy on behalf of women and children.
The International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier professional exchange program. The goal of the IVLP is to provide firsthand knowledge about U.S. society, culture, and politics, while cultivating lasting relationships. By connecting current and emerging leaders from around the world with their American counterparts, IVLP fosters lasting relationships and helps strengthen U.S. engagement with international partners.