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Conference for Policewomen to Advocate for Equal Participation Ends

The National Police women’s conference ended yesterday in Kimbe.

The five-day conference centred in advocating for equal participation of women in the force.

The initiative is part of the Women’s Advisory Network to strengthen women role in communities.

Police Minister Jelta Wong, Police Commissioner Gari Baki and host Governor Sasindran Muthuvel were present for the meet.

The theme of the conference is “united in advocating for inclusion and equal progress for all”.

Commissioner Baki said it was during his previous tenure as Commissioner when the EEO policy was refined and reintroduced into the Constabulary.

He said it is pleasing to see it thrive within the organization.

There has been a drastic reduction in the number of policewomen attending this year’s bi-annual conference compared to the last one held in 2016 in Lae because of the cost factors involved but Commissioner Baki drew a round of applause when he said the next conference should be staged up in the Highlands.

Various speakers from within the government and non-government agencies were invited to attend and speak at the conference particularly on topics of gender-based violence and other cross-cutting issues.

Governor Muthuvel also presented a vehicle to the Patrol Unit and was received by PPC John Midi.

The conference was attended by representatives from the Australian Federal Police, New Zealand Police and policewomen all across the country.

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