Savina Nongebatu

Office Manager, People with Disabilities (Solomon Islands)

Savina Nogebatu, Office Manager for People with Disability, Solomon Islands talks about the challenges facing women with disabilities in the Solomon Islands and her vision for Pacific women in 10 years’ time.

Ms Savina Nongebatu is the Office Manager, and previous President (2005-2011) of People with Disabilities (PWDSI) in the Solomon Islands. PWDSI is an advocacy organisation that promotes the rights of people with disabilities. Ms Nongebatu was also female co-chair for Pacific Disability Forum (2009- 2011), a regional network of which PWDSI is a member. In 2012 she received the U.S. Secretary of State’s Award for International Women of Courage. She was recognised for overcoming adversity and championing the cause of people living with disabilities in the Solomon Islands.