29 Aug 2005

Womens Conference in Solomons to encourage prospective female parliamentarians

7:39 pm on 29 August 2005

Getting women into parliament in Solomon Islands is the main priority at this week's Womens Leadership Project Conference in Honiara.

More than 50 women and their campaign managers are attending the first womens' leadership training conference, set up after an appeal went out for women interested in politics.

A spokesperson for the conference, Josephine Teakeni, says the two week training course explains to the aspiring candidates what it takes to organise and run a successful political campaign.

"We will be looking at barriers and governance, also manifestos, campaign strategies, election strategies, promotion and the media, the electoral commission, the electoral act - those areas that everyone should know to prepare for their campaign."

Josephine Teakeni says a number of successful female role models from Solomon Islands are attending the course.

There has only ever been one female MP in Solomon Islands.