BY MAVIS NISHIMURA PODOKOLO
A five days Solomon Islands Practice Parliament for Women (SIPPW) session commenced yesterday morning at the Solomon Islands National Parliament in Honiara.
According to Marisa Pepa a Civic Officer at the National Parliament it’s a programme attended by women leaders from all over the country to debate on the motion on “Inclusive Development” and to advance women participation in political decision-making in terms of very low representation of women at the national parliament.
“This debate is to provide women with practical skills and exposure to the realities of policy –making and parliamentary processes and also an opportunity to practise at the highest legislative chambers.”
She said the training starts yesterday and is only for participants, however, on the last day of the session which is on June 15 the debate will be opened for public to attend.
The official opening of the SIPPW was held yesterday evening at the Mendana Kintano Hotel.