PNG Woman Wins Greg Urwin Award

By Delly Waigeno – EM TV New, Port Moresby

A Papua New Guinean woman is among five recipients of the 2016 Greg Urwin Awards.

With a Master’s Degree in Public Health, Zuabe Tinning, will serve her placement with the Morobe Council of Women’s office of Community Development Division, promoting rural women’s reproductive and general health.

The other awardees are from Fiji, Solomon Islands and Tonga.

“The applications we received were of a very high calibre. The awardees indicated their passion in their respective fields. They also demonstrated that their placements will not only provide them with professional experience but also assist them in developing their leadership capacity and contribute positively to their countries and the region,” said Dame Meg Taylor, PIFS Secretary General and the Chairperson of the Awards Selection Committee.

The Greg Urwin Awards are a joint initiative of the Australian Government and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat; providing financial support of up to AUD$25,000 for outstanding professionals, researchers and emerging leaders from the Pacific islands.

Recipients are funded to undertake a three to six-month placement with a regional organisation with the potential to contribute to positive development in the region.

“The five awardees have made, and are currently making significant contributions to their fields of interest ranging from health research and children’s rights advocacy to sustainable fisheries. We congratulate them and wish them the best in their endeavours,” said Dame Meg Taylor.

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