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Bridge implementation training workshop successful

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UN Women, Honiara – The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) successfully hosted a three days Implementation training workshop from August 1-3 in Honiara.

The Implementation workshop is the first of its kind that focuses on providing guidance to individuals and organizations responsible for designing and setting up training courses that use material taken from BRIDGE curriculum and with a focus on gender and elections in the context of governance and democracy.  BRIDGE (Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections) is a comprehensive and professional development program that focuses on electoral processes, democracy and good governance.  

The Implementation workshop is in response to the needs identified by Women in Shared Decision Making (WISDM) working group and women’s machinery for support to increasing women’s political participation and representation, as well as supporting the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW.

The workshop was attended by 22 participants from both the provincial and national level (Honiara) and represent stakeholders like NGOs, National Women’s Machinery, Community Based Organizations, youth leaders, Faith Based Organizations, SINTA representative and government.  The participants are trainers within their own networks and organizations and were trained under UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance BRIDGE programme since 2009.

UN Women is looking forward to working with the participants in the future as key stakeholders that can actively contribute to achieving women’s increased representation in politics and strengthen women’s capacity to become more active citizens and leaders.

Over the past decades some progress in terms of women’s political representation at national parliamentary levels was achieved across the Pacific region.  However, women remain greatly underrepresented in high level decision making positions and in order to achieve the so called “critical mass” of 30% representation of either gender, let alone full gender equity in decision making, there is much more work to be done.

UN Women’s Gender Equality in Political Governance Programme is a 5 years initiative co-funded by AusAID under it Pacific Leadership Programme (PLP).  The programme will contribute to advancing gender equality in political governance in the Pacific region at both national and local levels with the main purpose of increasing the participation of women as active citizens and leaders.