26 May 2009

Solomons' campaign pushing for 10 parliamentary seats for women underway

10:39 am on 26 May 2009

The Solomon Islands National Council of Women says a public campaign outlining why seats should be set aside for women in Parliament is in full swing.

The campaign is for 10 seats to be added to the existing 50 seat Parliament with elected women representing the capital, Honiara, and each of the 9 provinces.

The Women's Affairs Ministry last week launched a public campaign to inform the community about the plan.

The council's spokesperson Sarah Dyer says it's important to get the information out as there's considerable opposition to the seats, but she says this is based on misunderstanding.

"We feel that it's our responsibility to come out to the people of Solomon Islands by the way of media, newsletters, radio, TV to let our people know about the concept paper on these temporary special measures for women."

Sarah Dyer says the country had only ever one woman MP and there have been none in recent parliaments.