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A total of 60 Officers from the National Parliament Office, Office of the Leader of Opposition and the Independent Office successfully concluded a two day Outrigger workshop on gender equality from July 19th and 20th respectively at the Paul Tovua Complex.

Dubbed as the first ever in the Pacific region, the gender workshop was jointly hosted by the National Parliament, Solomon Islands Government and Australia Government through Ausaid and Pacific Women Parliamentary Partnership.

It came about after both Clerk to Parliament Clezy Rore and the Director of Parliamentary Civic Education Department Patteson Lusi attended a Pacific Parliamentary workshop jointly hosted by the Federal Parliament of Australia for Clerks and trainers of Pacific Parliaments in November last year.

Clerk to Parliament Clezy Rore told participants at the official opening that one of the recommendation was for Pacific Parliaments to organize workshop or conference on educating Members of Parliament and staff of Parliament on the global concern of gender equality and its relationship to Parliament and politics in the Pacific.

“And I’m proud to announce that Solomon Islands Parliament is the first in the region to organize the Parliamentary workshop after the training workshop held in Canberra last year” the Clerk proudly stated.

With the theme “The Outrigger Navigating Gender Equality through Pacific Parliaments”, the two day workshop allowed both the facilitators and participants to share thoughtful discussions and views on the general understanding of gender.

It had also enhanced and increased knowledge of participants in analyzing and discussing gender issues and its relationship to Parliament and Politics in the Solomon Islands.

Participants have found out in great detail during the workshop that gender equality was not just about women and girls but moreover about equality and equity for both sexes.

Speaker of the National Parliament Mr. Ajilon Nasiu said hosting of this workshop is timely as it also allows participants to explain how gender equality can be translated into the work programs and activities of all the departments of Parliament.

“The workshop is very timely as one of the new concept in cooperated in our 5 years strategic development plan of National Parliament is the gender component in most of the outputs of professional departments of our Parliament” The Speaker explained.

Mr. Nasiu said he has full confidence with his officers who had completed the 2 days module and he believes they will definitely assist Parliament in guiding and directing Members of Parliament on how they influence or make sound decisions on challenges or problems relating to gender equality and legislature.

Mr. Nasiu further added that the current DCCG Government is a strong supporter of gender to address problems and challenges relating to gender and human rights in the country and abroad.

This first ever regional funded workshop was facilitated by staffs of the Parliamentary Civic Education Department and the Clerk of National Parliament, who had attended Parliamentary trainer workshops at both the Bee Hive Parliament in New Zealand in 2015 and Federal Parliament of Australia in Canberra in 2016 respectively.

The official opening was also graced with the presence of the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands His Excellency Roderick Brazier and the Speaker of the National Parliament Ajilon Nasiu.

Another gender workshop that will target our Members of Parliament and champion MPs in the region is expected to happen in September later this year.

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