By ALISON ANIS
COMMUNITY Development Minister Dame Carol Kidu has commended the technical working group on the proposed equality and participation bill.
“I thank United Nations Development Fund for Women (Unifem) and all of the technical thinking that went into producing such a brilliant advocacy tool.
“I do no think any member has prepared as well to bring a legislation to the floor as has been done by the technical working group. They’ve done all their regional workshops and lots of media advocacy in preparing for this event,” she said.
“As far as I am concern, the women and men, including the technical working group, we have done our homework and are looking forward to witnessing the successful outcome of the bill,” Dame Carol said.
The working group has also prepared individualised folders for all 109 members of parliament with key messages as one of their advocacy tool in pushing for the legislation.
Dame Carol announced that each member would be presented with the folder with a letter from her and information of the reserve seats including leaflet on reasons why they have to push the bill through.
“There is a also a map showing all the nations that are supporting us and to remind our politicians that this is not about us alone but is a global issue.”
The team has also prepared a card with a picture of a bilum with the following message: “The hand that brought you as a baby in your bilum needs your support now.”