BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
ASPIRING women who have participated on the recent Practice Parliament for Women in Honiara say they (women) are confident and ready to participate in any election both at the national and provincial level.
The five days mock parliament has proved women are confident with regards to their commitment and participation in all activities set in place throughout the week.
It was developed in a participatory way with the first four days being the training aspect of the workshop and fifth day as practice parliament for the participants
Activities exercised were considering of women leaders from communities who wished to developed leadership, advocacy and policy as well as women who have committed to supporting gender equality in terms of contesting for the national and provincial elections.
The speaker of the National Parliament Honorable Ajilon Nasiu is impressed with the participation of the women and highlighted the government has recognised gender equality.
“Your participation further cements the commitment of the current government ensuring both parliament and an oversight institution of this country recognizes the importance of gender in all sectors of the country,” said Mr Nasiu.
The Practice Parliament for women was made possible through the United Nations Development Programme in partnership with the National parliament of Solomon Islands, the Ministry of Women Children Youth and Family Affairs, Voise Blo Mere Solomons, Women’s Right Action Movement, UNWomen and the Young Women’s Parliamentary Group.