By Lillian Sopera Keneqa – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Nominations for the 2019 Westpac Outstanding Women Awards has officially opened.
Through these awards, Westpac PNG is calling on individuals to recognize outstanding women in various categories.
Nominations for the WOW Awards will close on the 11th of February 2019.
Today’s (13 December, 2018) launch of the 2019 Westpac Outstanding Women’s Awards marks the 12th year of this premier and prestigious awards for women.
Speaking at the launch, Westpac PNG Managing Director, Adrian Hughes says women needs to be respected the important role that they play.
“They must not be the subject of domestic or other violence, but instead be recognized for the great things that they do,” says Hughes.
There are seven award categories, sponsored by PNG’s top companies and biggest corporate supporters of women.
Westpac enthusiastically welcomed ExxonMobil PNG, who, for the first time, is also sponsoring an award.
Mr Hughes thanked ExxonMobil PNG for their support.
“Thank you for supporting Westpac in promoting advancing women’s rights in the workplace and for recognizing women’s achievements,” says Hughes.
Also present at launch was 2017 WOW Award overall winner, Ruth Kissam who explained the importance of her recognition.
“The WOW Award for me was the recognition by one of the leading commercial banks in Papua New Guinea for recognizing the work that Human Rights defenders do in the space of sorcery-related violence,” says Kissam.
Nomination forms are available from Westpac branches and through Westpac’s website and the Westpac Outstanding Women Facebook Page.