THE United Nations Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) training workshop has inspired some women in the Western Division to become candidates in the 2014 elections.
While receiving training on the importance of democratic elections and women's role in the electoral process, the 45 participants were eager to share their thoughts on the proposed 2014 elections.
UN Women Pacific deputy regional program manager Jeanette Bolenga said the women, who are leaders in their different communities and groups, have shown their interest in standing in the elections.
"That is one of the advantages of the BRIDGE workshop, it teaches women about their involvement in politics and during and after elections," Ms Bolenga said.
"They have showed us that they want to be able to be included in important decision-making and even be involved in parliament. Some are former candidates themselves and so it is good to have them be part of this training to share their experiences and knowledge with others."
One of the oldest participants, National Council of Women member Vasiti Pettitt, said the workshop was also a good way to bridge the gap between the old and the young.