Bougainville women have been recognised by the United States Government for their outstanding contribution to peace building before, during and after the Crisis.
A two year $US 1. 5 million, ‘Women’s Peace Building Initiative Project’ will be rolled out in the autonomous region, to support more inclusive, sustainable and transparent economic growth.
US Aid Regional Director Maurice Knight stated that Bougainville women are effective peacemakers, community leaders, and champions of civil and human rights, leading their communities towards brighter future.
He said Bougainville women have been at the forefront of, steering recovery efforts and influencing policies such as the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.
Gender Technical Specialist for Counterpart International Dr Jennifer Williamson said these funds will be used to implement comprehension program to advance inclusive and sustainable development.
These grants will target expanding quality counselling for victims of violence and translating aspects into tangible improvements in living conditions.
The US Government thanked the Autonomous Bougainville Government for recognizing and supporting women.