Women in Economy Forum Continues with Discussions

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By Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Day two of the second APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy was aimed at supporting the accelerated career advancement of women in APEC member countries.

Participants were given the chance to discuss opportunities to promote women and girls engaging in economic activities.

Papua New Guinea is leading talks on Women and the Economy Forum held in Port Moresby, as a lead up to the agenda that will be presented during the APEC Leader’s Summit in November.

Since the establishment of the PPWE in 2011, America has initiated a project aimed at empowering women as managers in the renewable energy sector.

Objectives of this project include increasing skills, knowledge, and self-confidence for mid-level career women; promote women to take up managerial positions in the sector and professional exchanges for long-term development benefits. In Papua New Guinea, more women are taking up jobs in the once male-dominated fields.

This includes professions like pilots, engineers and in law enforcement.

Laniette Bai is an example of PNG women, who oversee work at the Agro Industry’s Nine Mile Farm.

Discussions on the different women forums will continue on Thursday and Friday, with a regional visit to Bougainville on Saturday.

Theckla Gunga

graduated with an Arts Degree from the University of Papua New Guinea, with majors in Journalism and Public Relations. Her passion in news gathering lies in reporting on Crime and Court stories. She is into her third year reporting with EMTV and loves the challenge of being in a once male dominated field.

Theckla Gunga