BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
ONLY seven out of 14 members of Parliament attended yesterday’s dialogue with Malaita women representatives in Honiara.
The talks had been planned between 20 women leaders of Malaita and their 14 members of parliament.
However disappointing the MP-turnout was, the Malaitan women leaders humbly accepted the low attendance, saying that such initiative was the first of its kind hence such may bound to happen.
“We look forward on the next step of this dialogue quite a good number of them (honorable members) will attend, however, we are pleased and appreciated those who have participated on today’s dialogue; we hope they have noted all the issues raised and discussed,” they said.
In response, Member of Parliament for East Kwaio Stanley Sofu said some of them had not received invitation letters to the dialogue.
The dialogue was organised by the UN Women in partnership with the Ministry of Women Youth Children and Family Affairs and the Ministry of Rural Development through the United Nation Peacebuilding Fund project.