The second round of the Transformational Leadership Development Programme (TLDP) started yesterday at Tofamamao, Le’auva’a.

Acting Chief Executive Officer of Ministry of Women and Social Development, Tifitifi Uitime-Fetu delivered the keynote address.

“Thank you for your commitment to attend this second training of TLP which is coordinated and funded by the United Nation Development Programme.”

Ms. Fetu said that the Ministry would continue to support the training because it was important to our community.

“The programme links up well with promoting gender equality and thus enhances Government's goal of improving the quality of life in Samoa.

“It is our view that strengthening gender equality engages not just the women’s agencies but also leaders, stake holders and partners.”

Acting Resident Representative for UNDP, Anthony Wood agrees.

“We really appreciate the support of the government and the partnership of the UNDP and UN systems for the continuation of T.L.P.”

“Today marks another milestone on our journey together in Samoa.”

He said that the U.N.D.P. and U.N. was pleased to join with the Ministry in sponsoring the initiative.

More than fifty attended including government leaders, youths, civil societies and mothers from private businesses in Samoa.

The programme is being conducted by the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) together with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This week’s session is the second of three successive trainings to address gender equality.

The TLDP is being used successfully in many parts of the world to address deeply rooted development challenges.

Two exploratory missions attended by a number of senior government officials and community members identified the need for this programme to be made available in Samoa.

Since then, the government has adopted this methodology as a key element of its programme to address gender equality issues, as part of its Gender Sector programme for the period 2013-2018.

The TLDP will produce Break Through Initiatives (BTIs) or activities that will enable participants to design and achieve greater gender equity and other positive outcomes in organizations and communities throughout Samoa.

With years of collective expertise behind them on these issues, Ms Gulan Kripalani of India, and Mr Allan Henry Henderson of the USA are facilitating the training.

One of their first tasks is to build from the start of the programme, a cadre of Samoan trainers who can upscale the programmes across the country.

Participants include members of government, parliamentarians, private sector, youth, civil society, faith based organizations as well as the media.

The programme started yesterday and ends on the coming Friday.