THE National Council of Women (NCW) last week met with the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare during which they delivered a package of concerns and recommendations.
NCW made a submission on women’s political participation and recommendations to the DCC policies.
One of their concerns was on the long list of political appointees.
They also recommended that the former Clerk to Parliament Taeasi Sanga be reappointed.
They submitted to the Prime Minister that while they recommend that the number of political appointments be reduced, the women’s pressure group advocated for a Gender Focal Point Advisory position within the PMO, the reappointment without condition of the former Clerk to Parliament Ms Taeasi Sanga, the appointment of a Policy secretary for Women, Youth and Reconciliation at the Caucus Office and appointment of more women as Permanent Secretaries and High Commissioners.
The Prime Minister assured the women’s group that there is no harm in creating positions within the structure of the political government to accommodate the NCW’s recommendations but he said he will have to refer the matter to Caucus for recommendation.