8 Aug 2011

Potential women politicians in Kiribati take part in first mock parliament

7:22 am on 8 August 2011

Thirty women from across Kiritbati are this week taking part in a two-day mock parliament for women -the first of its kind in the Pacific region.

The initiative follows three-days of parliamentary training for women, with the aim of preparing potential candidates for this year's national elections.

A keynote speaker at last week's event, Taomati Iuta from the Kiribati National Parliament says women need to realise their capabilities.

During the training, participants were taught key parliamentary procedures, looked at relevant policy isssues and electoral processes.

The training and mock-parliament are spearheaded by the Kiribati Parliament and Kiribati Department of Women and supported by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the United Nations Development Programme.