Answering the Call on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation

July 27, 2015

At the ‘Conference on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation’ in Honiara (June 2015), Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare stated his Government’s commitment to increasing women’s participation in politics. As part of IWDA’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women program, we work with partner organisations in the Solomon Islands to advocate for greater political representation. Together with our partners, our call has been heard.

“We have heard time and again of the demands to assume greater responsibility in serving this nation and we have seen over and over again the efforts of agents and proponents of women in leadership calling upon governments past and present to prioritise reforms that would change the status of women in Solomon Islands politics. Now as Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands and leader of the Democratic Coalition for Change Government it is with sincerity that I on behalf of my Government echo my government’s commitment to that cause. We have heard the call.”

The conference itself is a manifestation of this commitment, as important recommendations for action emerge from the dialogue. During his address, the Prime Minister revealed that amendments to the Political Parties Integrity Act and the National Parliament (Electoral Provisions) Act are on the agenda.