Solomon's UN Women have joined forces with EU. Photo credit: UN Women.

Solomon’s UN Women have joined forces with EU. Photo credit: UN Women.

UN Women and the European Union, EU, have joined forces with civil-society and the government in Solomon Islands to drive sustainable and innovative action to achieve more women’s political participation and strengthen inclusive access to justice.

This will include Solomon Islands to plan constructive dialogue with the United Nations Committee to Eliminate Discrimination against Women.

In 2002 Solomon Islands ratified the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, CEDAW, with more than 150 countries in demonstrating their commitment to achieve gender equality.

Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Women Ethel Sigimanu said the practice sessions are an opportunity for the government to demonstrate the progress it has made and areas they need to strengthen.

Mrs Sigimanu said the Ministry is grateful to UN Women and the European Union for giving the opportunity to prepare and reiterate Solomon Islands commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment.’

The first practice session will be held on 20 – 22 May 2014 at the Heritage Park Hotel to prepare government official constructive dialogue with the UN CECAW Committee in Geneva.

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