16 Sep 2015

Solomons gender equality workshop underway

9:37 am on 16 September 2015

The Solomon Islands Electoral Commission says it is drafting policies to ensure gender equality in the country's election management.

The Commission's two-day workshop, called "Gender and Us", began yesterday, and aims to help staff develop a common understanding about what gender equality is.

The Chief Electoral Officer, Polycarp Haununu, says staff are being asked to consider their attitudes, stereotypes and biases in relation to gender.

He says making the Commission a more equal and inclusive workplace will allow it to provide a better service to the public.

"We will be discussing and considering our own attitudes, behaviours in running our election. The workshop will highlight some of the areas we need to improve on. And after the workshop we should come up with the draft gender policy which will be used for election purposes."

The next general election will be in 2018.

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