BY LYNTON AARON FILIA
MORE than 30 public service officers underwent the Gender Mainstreaming and Sensitisation Workshop for Human Resources Managers and Gender Focal Points yesterday.
The one-day workshop at the Rock Haven was aimed to enhance understanding on gender focal point (GFP) on gender, gender mainstreaming and functions for GFPs in the Public Service.
The workshop also aims to encourage critical conversation on gender inequalities in the public service, in policies and programmes, and equip GFPs with basic gender analysis tools and skills for gender mainstreaming work in their respective ministries.
The aim is to prepare GFPs to support the MPS Gender Adviser to implement activities under the SIG PS Transformation Strategy, Strategic Thrust 6 – Sensitising Gender in Governance.
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Public Service Mr Nego Sisiolo said yesterday’s workshop signifies the beginning of the process of formalisation of the gender focal point system within the Public Service.
He adds, such was timely and relevant within the Ministry of Public Service because organising such events comprises of public servants, directly translates real and tangible action in the Solomon Islands Public Service Transformation Strategy 2017 – 2021.
“A fundamental argument for increased representation of women in public service is that when the composition of the public sector reflects the composition of the society it serves, government will be more responsive and effective,” he adds.
Sisiolo said closing gender gaps in public administration is important to ensuring truly inclusive development and democratic governance.
“The issue of gender inequality within our Public Service is very striking and cannot be ignored,” Sisiolo said.
Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs said Women’s Development Division (WDD) within MWYCFA continues to implement activities in the National Gender Equality and Women’s Development Policy 2016 – 2020 (EVAW).
To achieve the gender mainstreaming, WDD with relevant stakeholders set actions to gender sensitise corporate and human resources policies of the Solomon Islands Government.
The workshop is organised by the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs and the Ministry of Public Service.