Papuan WomenCall For More Skill Development Program

A women’s fellowship group fromthe East Central Papua Region called onthe national and provincial government to initiate more facilities and programs to developthe skills of women and girls to improvertheir lives.


President Sina Rita Raepom said overthe year’s women and girls in this region have been deprived of education due to cultural and social obligations.

Mrs. Raepom saidthese initiatives should be established inthe LLGs so that women and girls can have access tothem.


She said this atthe launch ofthe United Church Womenrsquo;s Fellowship Annual convention at Hula village in Central Province.


The convention is one of those rare occasions every year where women fromthe Abau and Rigo districts gther to sharetheir experiences and progress in various church and social activities.


A total of 222 participants gthered intheir colorful attires to welcomethe dignitaries. They sang and danced, and also crafted a ship on shore for the delegates.


President Sina said it has been a great struggle for women to venture into economic activities to improvertheir lives and that oftheir families.


She said many make a living through gardening, baking and sewing; however, said this is not enough.


A representative from Central Governor Kila Haoda’s office responded in a much undiplomatic tone.


He said government had done a lot for the people and thatthe church should play a more active role to assist to develop infrastructure and social welfare ofthe people.


Meanwhile,there is no vocational school inthe Abau and Rigo districts.


The women believethese are important institutions that will greatly improver education standards inthese areas, particularly for girls.

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