International Women’s Day was recently celebrated around the world with the theme “Inspiring Change” and Papua New Guinea recognized the day in its own way.
Last week, there was a women’s forum that had constructive discussions on the 22 reserved seats for women in Parliament.
And this morning, the Business and Professional Women’s Club of Port Moresby, held their annual breakfast fundraiser.
The Crowne Plaza had splashes of purple to commemorate International Women’s Day and of course, the presence of beautiful, working class women from various fields, who attended the breakfast fundraiser.
And EMTV caught up with newly-appointed Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, Delilah Gore, who was present to show her support for women empowerment in PNG.
The minister also appreciated the O’Neill-Dion Government for having faith in women holding ministerial portfolios
And that’s exactly what they did! President of Business and Professional Women’s Club, Susil Nelson, was happy to announce that although today’s fundraiser had a slight increase from last year, the continuous support was definitely there.
The fundraiser also had the support of the Australian High Commissioner, Deborah Stokes, who said Australian Government has a steadfast and ongoing commitment to be at the forefront of efforts to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, particularly in the Indo-Pacific including in Papua New Guinea.
Statistics show that two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate adults worldwide are women – the same proportion for the past 20 years and across most regions.
Ms Stokes also stated that the Australian Government invests in targeted programs to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment under three pillars, where there are challenges and progress towards gender equality been slow:
Women’s voice in decision-making, leadership and peace buildingWomen’s economic empowerment andEnding violence against women and girls
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