NINE women and nine men representing five non-governmental organisations met from March 18 to 20 to discuss gender discrimination resulting in inequalities in communities here.
The participants work in communities in Honiara, Malaita and Guadalcanal Provinces.
“I have worked for 8 years at the community level and I have come to realise the extent of discrimination based on their gender that women face in communities in this training,” Rinnah Solomon, project officer of Adventist Development Relief Agency (ADRA), said.
“This is valuable for programmes in communities as we will now plan to have effective participation of disadvantaged groups and come up with plans to address discrimination in communities that we work in,” she 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.
“I appreciate the information we have received in this training because it informs me on how I can undertake further activities to address discriminatory practices in my community,” ADRA Strength Motivator Jay Teika of Geza Community in Guadalcanal said.
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.
The workshop is facilitated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community Regional Rights Resource Team (SPC RRRT) in partnership with ADRA.