15 Sep 2015

Solomons' electoral officials consider gender

12:46 pm on 15 September 2015

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission wants to become a leader in the area of gender equality.

Voters take to the streets in Solomon Islands.

Voters take to the streets in the most recent Solomon Islands election Photo: RNZ / Koroi Hawkins

It is holding a gender workshop over the next two days, aiming, in the words of Chief Electoral Officer, Polycarp Haununu, to become a "more gender sensitive and transformative" organisation.

The "Gender and Us" workshop will help staff to develop a common understanding of what gender equality is.

Participants will develop a roadmap for gender mainstreaming in the Solomon Islands electoral cycle and gender policy governing the Commission.

He says the workshop will ask staff to consider their attitudes, behaviours, stereotypes and biases.