SIX women and six men representing seven non-governmental organisations, church and government departments in Choiseul Province met for three days from May 12th – 14th to discuss gender discrimination as a result of inequalities in their communities.
“I attend this workshop as a representative of my church and I want to share the information I receive from this workshop with my congregation because the concepts of equality and discrimination are similar to biblical concepts and teachings,” says Rev. Oliver Poloso.
“I will use the information I receive from this workshop to support my work to transform peoples’ lives,” he added.
The workshop participants discussed human rights, specifically the concepts of non-discrimination and equality and changes they can make to their work in communities with this new information.
Police officer Gloria Vanakomale said:
“I know what discrimination is but this workshop has given me more knowledge on what discrimination is and the different types of discrimination.
“I can relate this to my work place; I can identify the different types of discrimination and I will ensure that this does not happen.”
One of the outcomes of the workshop is to identify ways to reduce gender inequality and discrimination by improving programme activities of the NGOs and government departments.
The workshop is an activity of an EU funded project to empower civil society to promote gender equality and combat gender discrimination in the Solomon Islands.
It was facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Rights Resource Team (SPC RRRT) in partnership with the Choiseul province Women and Children’s Development Division.