Election Workshop Set for this Week

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THE Solomon Islands National Council of Women (SINCW) is expected to deliver its next series of training under the “Strongem Woka blo Ologeta Mere fo Jonim Politiks lo Solomon Aelans” in the provinces starting this week.

“These second series of training will be for “Train the Trainers” and are intended to train Campaign Managers and Manageress who will conduct Campaign Advocacy Programs in the Provincial Wards and Constituencies where aspiring women are being identified to run either in the coming Provincial Assembly and National General Elections early next year,” a statement from the SINCW Secretariat revealed.

The statement adds two provincial centres Auki in Malaita and Buala in Isabel are the first to undergo the first two training programs.

“The first two training programs will be delivered in the provincial centres of Auki for Malaita Province and in Buala for the Ysabel Province for those who will be supporting intending Candidates in their Campaigns.

“The next similar Training Programs will be for Honiara, Guadalcanal and Central Provinces and the rest of the Provinces where women have been identified and been trained in their preparations to stand in the forthcoming Provincial and National General Elections.”

The statement adds this current series of training is slightly different from other past trainings as the follow-up train the trainer is for their Campaign Managers whom those women have identified.

SINCW Women in Leadership and Gender Advocator, Mr. Casper Fa’asala said last year in October almost 20 aspiring women candidates from the Provinces including Honiara have also participated in a similar training.

Mr Fa’asala said the current series of Training of Trainers will be trained to understand the basic concepts of democratization, Accountability, Electoral Processes and Elections, Patriotism and Nationalism, Citizenship and Rights of Citizens including Governance and Leadership.

“It will mainly focus also on strengthening the skills and knowledge of Campaign Managers to developing Strategies to Winning an Election,” he said.

Mr. Fa’asala is also responsible for designing and delivering such training programs under the SINCW. He is a strong Advocator on Women in Leadership and during the 2014 National General Election.

He has previously supported 26 Women in their Campaigns including the current Member of Parliament for Temotu Vatud and Minister for Women Youth Children and Family Affairs, Honourable Freda Tuki MP.

The current Train the Trainers Program under the SECIP Small Grant Program is kindly funded by EU, DFAT and UNDP respectively, and the Solomon Islands National Council of Women indeed is very much in debt of such support from these kind donor assistance that will help advance women’s role in decision-making in their different areas of responsibility but more so in Political Leadership of Solomon Islands.