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STAFF CONGRATULATED FOR COMPLETING PARLIAMENTARY OUTRIGGER WORKSHOP

TUESDAY 26TH SEPTEMBER 2017

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A National Parliament staff receiving her certificate from the Deputy Speaker to Parliament, Hon. David Dei Pacha

A total of 42 Officers from the National Parliament Office, Office of the Leader of Opposition and the Independent Office received their certificates on Thursday 21st Sept 2017 for successfully completing a two day Outrigger workshop on gender equality from July 19th and 20th respectively at the Paul Tovua Complex, national Parliament House.

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.

Deputy Speaker of the National Parliament Hon. David Day Pacha in his speech said one thing that captured his attention was our Parliament is the first in the region to host a gender equality workshop for its staff as it is important for the work of Parliament and Members of Parliament.

“This demonstrated the passion and interest to freely discuss the core values and practical applications of gender equality not only in Parliament but in all spheres of development in this country.”

He further explained that when citizens see the word gender first thing that come to mind is issues relating to women and young girls, however, through this workshop participants will agree that it is all about equal opportunity to engage in aspirations and developments around us in our respective communities.
Hon. Pacha said he has full confidence in his officers who had completed the 2 days module and believed they will definitely assist Parliament in guiding and directing Members of Parliament on how they influence or make decisions on challenges or problems relating to gender equality and legislature.

He further added that the current DCCG Government is a strong supporter of gender, thus, he understands that it will address problems and challenges relating to gender and human rights in the country and abroad.

This first ever regional funded workshop is facilitated by staff of the Parliamentary Civic Education Department and the Clerk to 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.

The official opening was also graced with the presence of the Deputy Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, Hon. Manasseh Maelanga and Representative of the Australian High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Project Manager Pacific Women Parliamentary Partnership (PWPP) Fiona Way and First Secretary Australian High Commission, Fiona Hoggart.

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