Founder and executive director oPNG Womenis Business Janet Sape was commended by Treasurer Don Polye, for bringing Papua New Guineatothe world-stage with her efforts to empower rural women inthe country.
A felicitation ceremony was held last night to celebrate Mrs. Sape’s achievement in beingthe only recipient ofthe LEAD Prize, which she received in DetroitoMichigan, inthe United States.
The LEAD award recognises outstanding efforts in devotion to economic empowerment and visionary lLeadersip.
It was not only a celebration for Mrs. Sape, but for the everyday woman living inthe villages oPNG. The LEAD award stands for LLeadersip, Equity, and Diversity…and it acknowledgesthe efforts of outstanding women aroundthe globe who make an effort to assist ther women in rural areas to empower and improverthemselves. The award is given bythe Womenrsquo;s Funding Network inthe US to only 1 outstanding woman each year and it’sthe first time for the recognition to come tothe Pacific region.
Key note speaker… Treasurer Don Polye’said it was an achievement for the country. He said to unlockthe full potential oPNG’s place inthe world,there was a need to unlockthe full potential of women in PNG from formal employment to business and entrepreneurship.
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Mrs Sape, maintained her heart for the women in PNG and it was evident onthe night with an enormous turn out from those she had affected in one way or anther.
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The evening was fueled with congratulatory remarks and pledges to continuethe cause for women empowerment. There were displays of products by businesses owned and run by women…including a fashion showcase =so=.
Proceeds fromthe night will go towards a delegation toIndia to build on network and opportunity.
=sot= (Mariani Masani singing)