By Theckla Gunga – EM TV News, Port Moresby
A woman court magistrate is amongst five other women who were awarded the CPL Pride of Papua New Guinea Awards for Women in Port Moresby, last night.
These women were recognised under six unique categories for the various services they are engaged in their communities.
Three were selected from other provinces, and the other three from within Port Moresby.
Josephine Durua is the woman court magistrate who provides counselling for women who are victims of physical and sexual abuse caused by their husbands.
In 2001, she was accused of practicing sorcery by a female pastor and was assaulted by her own family.
Mrs Durua took legal actions against her accuser and the court cautioned the accuser not to further assault or threaten, Mrs Durua.
The CPL Pride of Papua New Guinea Awards for Women is a women empowerment program which recognised the work of women in various communities.
It commenced in 2007. It is now into its eighth year.
Through these awards, women are supported by CPL to continue their work in assisting people in their communities.
The Care and Compassion Award was presented to Delmay Lopang, a primary school teacher from New Ireland.
Ms Lopang graduated with a Diploma in Primary Teacher and has been teaching children between three to eight years old including adults.
Olivia Bunari is a nursing graduate and a well-respected woman in her community. She is the recipient of the 2015 Community Spirit Award. She was recognised for her passion to educate children in the Oro LLG of Northern province.
Education role Model, Environment and Young PNG are three of the other categories wards.