TUESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2015
The Young Women Parliamentary Group (YWPG) has successfully completed a one day annual planning Workshop at the National Parliament Paul Tovua Complex on Friday 20th February 2015.
The Young Women Parliamentary Group held their annual planning Workshop after the appointment of the new Executive members for 2015. The newly formed Five-Member Executives are, Chairlady Lysa Wini-Simeon, Secretary Alicia Hilly-Kenilorea, Assistant Secretary Kimberly Dhawarah, members Clarinda Molia and Kyera Varnel.
The Executive’s work is to overseer the Parliamentary Civic Education Department headed by Ms Marisa Pepa, related to the terms of reference of the group.
Last week’s workshop had enabled the group to discuss some of their achievements, successes and challenges. Informative presentations were also made on Parliamentary practises and Committees by the Committee Secretariat Director Mr Marson Lilopeza.
Following the presentations, they divided into three groups and translated their main thematic areas of focus into action plans for this year.
The YWPG members highlighted some of the challenging issues and that will be their focus to work on for 2015. These issues will be mainly on Women in Decision making, Advocacy, Policy and Legislation.
The Executive under the leadership of newly appointed Chair-Lady Ms Lisa Wini sees fit as an opportunity for YWPG members to dialogue with leaders and stakeholders to ensure policies and legislations passed by Parliament are effectively implemented by the responsible authorities. The Executive will meet sometimes this week to incorporate the final version of the 2015 annual work plan.
The YWPG is an initiative of Parliament formed in 2011 with a mission to create space for young women to experience and participate in leadership.
Membership of the Group is open to all young people who are interested in leadership.
TUESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY 2014
The Young Women Parliamentary Group (YWPG) has presented the survey report to the Honorable Minister for women, youth, children and family affairs Jimson Tanagada on Wednesday 18th February 2015.
This has indicated another push for YWPG to advocate for women in leadership.
Ms Wini reiterated on early researches that women did not perform well during elections because of culture, lack of access to money and the influence of powerful electoral vote brokers.
The Minister Hon Jimson Tanagada thanked YWPG for taking the initiative and assured them that the report will be used as a tool to pave the way for women to participate in political leadership. He affirmed his ministry s support towards the group as well as the Permanent Secretary Mrs. Ethel Sigimanu.
“Educating voters about corruption practices is vital since we have literacy problem”
It’s understood that the next task is for the Ministry of Women, youths, children and family affairs to consider all recommendations made in the report.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Home Affairs Douglas Ete when he launched the report in early January in Parliament said the survey provided opportunities for an improvement in YWPG capacity to develop and use policy research in their overall mission.
The surveyors were trained by researchers from the Islands Knowledge Institution (IKI), Kellington Simeon and Paul Roughan.
THURSDAY 5TH FEBRUARY 2015
Deputy Prime Minister Hon.Douglas Ete, centre, flanked by Grace Hilly (YWPG Chairlady, and Karlyn Roughan, with a copy of the report.
The Young Women Parliamentary Group (YWPG) had its report on the “Voter Behavior towards Women Candidates in Solomon Islands,” launched on Friday the 30th of January 2015.
The report which was launched by Deputy Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for East Honiara, Hon. Douglas Ete contained information on voter behavior towards women candidates before and after the 2014 Solomon Islands National General Election.
At the launching, Hon Ete said this government supports the intention of women participating in political leadership.
He assured that the Democratic Coalition for Change (DCC) government will be working together with women to address their issues of concern.
Young women and men from all works of life under the umbrella of the Youth at Work were engaged by the YWPG at all stages of the project, from designing it, executing, analysis and reporting.
MONDAY 2ND FEBRUARY 2015
A New Testament Bible translated in Baelelea dialect was launched at the National Parliament Office today (Wednesday 28th January 2015).
Baelelea is situated at the Northern Region of Malaita Province.
Director of Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group (SITAG), Mr. Timothy Matzke at the launching said the completion of the Bible was made possible through the tireless commitment of Baelelea people and organizations.
Mr. Matzke shared the history of how this new translated version came about and have acknowledged the following individuals for tireless efforts.
Pastor Eden Sanga, Pastor David Mike, James Onai, Jimmy Lufuota and Stanslao Talo who were members of members of the Baelelea Translation review committee as well as support from other indigenous Baelelea people and churches in the United States of America.
The Baelelea translated New Testament which is now at display at the National Parliament House foyer, took 3 years to complete.
TUESDAY 23RD DECEMBER 2014
Parliament has passed a resolution to authorize the issue of monies from the consolidated fund until the coming into operation of the Appropriation Act 2015.
The Honorable Prime Minister, Manasseh Sogavare has moved this motion on Thursday the 19th of December 2014 according to Section 103(1) of the Constitution.
Section 103 (1) of the Constitution stipulates,
“That the National Parliament of Solomon Islands hereby resolves to empower the Honorable Minister for Finance to authorize the issue of monies from the Consolidated Fund for the purpose of meeting expenditure necessary to carry on public services at a level not exceeding the level of these services in the previous financial year, until the expiration of four months from the beginning of the financial year 2015, or the coming into operation of the Appropriation Act 2015, whichever is the earlier.”
According to Standing Order 26 (1), a notice must be given three clear days before a motion is moved.
However, Speaker of the National Parliament, Sir Ajilon Jasper Nasiu had explained that on grounds of public urgency, he has given prior permission to the Hon. Prime Minister to move his motion.
This resolution is to enable salaries and services to flow unimpeded from 1st of January 2015. When the 2015 appropriation Bill is presented to Parliament, in early 2015 any expenditure incurred to the provisions of section 103 (1) of the constitution will be included in the annual appropriation for each head.
THURSDAY 18TH DECEMBER 2014
LEFT:Mr Ajilon Jasper Nasiu(Speaker)RIGHT:Hon. John M Fugui(Deputy Speaker)
The National Parliament of Solomon Islands has elected in a new Speaker
Mr Ajilon Jasper Nasiu who is a former Provincial Premier for Rennell and Bellona Province was elected by the 50 Members of Parliament shortly after taking their Oath of Allegiance in Parliament Wednesday morning.
MONDAY 15TH DECEMBER 2014
The 10th Parliament will commence its first sitting on Wednesday 17th December 2014.
His Excellency, the Governor General, Sir Frank Kabui, has already signed the proclamation of the sitting date in accordance with section 72 (1) of the Constitution.
This first sitting is decisive as members of the 10th Parliament will take their Oaths and elect their Speaker and Deputy Speaker respectively.
By virtue of section 64 (2) (c) (ii) of the Constitution, read with the proviso of section 65, the incumbent Speaker holds office until the next Speaker is elected, If the incumbent Speaker is not available, then the Deputy Speaker will preside over the election of the Speaker. The Speaker elect will then preside over the election of the Deputy Speaker.
Meanwhile nominations for the Speaker opened on Sunday 14th December and closes on Tuesday 16th December 2014.
It is understood that the current Clerk to Parliament, Ms Taeasi Sanga is highly likely to be a candidate for the Speaker’s post. Ms Sanga has been advocated for and described by the general public in the mainstream and social media as a potential candidate for the Speaker’s position.
Ms Sanga told the Solomon Star’s weekend magazine that she’s ready to take up the Speaker’s post if that’s what the people want.
The Speaker’s post has been occupied by male Speakers since independence in 1978.
WEDNESDAY 10th DECEMBER 2014
Honourable Manasseh Sogavare has been declared as Solomon Islands 12th Prime Minister.
The Governor General’s announcement of Sogavare’s victory was greeted with cheering from the crowd outside parliament’s precinct and vehicle horns were heard in the streets as the news was broadcasted live over SIBC.
All 50 members of Parliament were present with just only one round of voting in the election by secret ballot with Hon Sogavare polling 31 votes over Hon. Jeremiah Manele who secured 19 votes.
In his victory speech, the Prime Minister elect, Manasseh Sogavare, said he was humbled to be given the mandate to lead the country for the third time. He thanked the people of Solomon Islands for their prayers and support.
“I commend my victory and Government into the hands of the Almighty God”
He emphasised more on working together with international donors and including the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) to build a stronger Solomon Islands.
"And I like to say here that my new government's vision for change isn't just political rhetoric. All of us we know of the need for redirection and reforms, just must embrace these themes . We will stress this point when we talk with all our stakeholders including our international donor community who are in the country and who have helped us so much."
Hon. Sogavare further explained that his first task is to amalgamate party policies in his coalition and to pass a mini budget for government spending as it ends on 31st December.
Prime Minister Sogavare is expected to announce his Deputy and members of his Cabinet soon
THURSDAY 2ND OCTOBER 2014
A one week Training for Hansard staff of the National Parliament was successfully concluded last week.
The training was coordinated by two New Zealand Parliament Staff, Lawrence Patchett and John Greenless at the Paul Tovua Complex.
The training which was described as timely was part of the Hansard Departments 2014 Department work plan (DAWP). To develop and up skill Hansard staff and to review Hansard’s editing manuals.
This included upgrading and development of an in-house dictionary and reference manuals where Hansard officers can use as a guide in producing daily parliamentary reports.
One issue that was highlighted during the training is the issue of producing Hansard in a timely manner, and ways to enable stakeholders to have access to Hansard information through available mediums such as the Parliamentary official website.
Currently the Hansard department has recruited 5 new officers, therefore, this training will equipped them in developing relevant technical skills and knowledge that is required to effectively discharge their responsibilities.
During the course of the training Lawrence Patchett and John Greenless highlighted what New Zealand Hansard do in practice. They emphasized on developing an in house Dictionary and referencing manual that will enable the accurate and consistent use of parliamentary references.
Discussions were also based on the technicality of translation and other issues Hansard staff faced in Reporting and Editing of Hansard scripts; ways to minimize the challenges encountered and the implications National Parliament might face in the process of dissemination of Information to the public and stakeholders.
During the training the two experts also raised the need to have on-going external mentoring between the two Parliaments in order to continue to review and develop the current resources.
This is to cater for the continuous changes in information received and disseminated by Parliaments and to meet the acceptable standard of Hansarding that Parliaments in Developed nations like New Zealand and Australia have.
It is anticipated that future training programs which involved external mentoring between New Zealand Parliament, Solomon Islands Parliament and other Parliaments in the Parliament twinning Program will continue to safeguard implications that may relate to vocabulary and linguistic abuse experienced by other parliament.
WEDNESDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER 2014
The Young Women’s Parliamentary Group (YWPG) on Tuesday 16th September underwent a group Pap smear test at the Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood (SIPPA).
This was part of their campaign against cervical cancer. The theme for this campaign is ‘Fight Like a Girl’. The young women took the step to do the test and decided to go public about it.
Sexually related diseases are usually frowned upon and are not something that is openly discussed. Women find it embarrassing and are ashamed to come forward to take the test. The group did this public awareness so that other women can also come forward.
For the Young Women’s Parliamentary Group members, some of them are doing this for the first time and it is quite a challenge as well as one of them commented.
On that note YWPG Advisor Ms Marisa Pepa said they are hopeful to work with the new government thru the Ministry of Health to see the process of results is done quickly as lives are at stake.
Ms Marisa Pepa further explained that they will be conducting another group test sometime next month and she urges all the young women out there to get tested as well.