Changing Minds. Transforming Lives


In an article reflecting on the recent ‘Conference on Women’s Leadership and Political Participation’ in Honiara, Solomon Islands, Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare emphasised the importance of addressing attitudes towards women in politics as well as creating inclusive legislation to support women’s political participation.

IWDA’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women program recognises the barriers that prevent women for successfully engaging with politics and facilitates leadership programs designed to equip active participants with the skills and strategies to combat these challenges. While legislative reform is a victory, it is not a solution on its own. IWDA’s FLOW program continues to support civil society organisations across the Pacific to encourage women’s participation in both formal and informal leadership positions, working to change perceptions of women in power at local and government levels.

“Equality in political representation will not come from these reforms alone. We must change our mindsets, our attitudes and our perspectives right from the grassroots level to the highest levels of our government.”