Women Participation in Peace & Security Given Prominence at Leaders’ Summit

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By Theckla Gunga – EMTV News, Port Moresby

The Future Leaders’ Summit ended in Port Moresby yesterday with women participation in peace and security given prominence.

PNG Defence Force second in charge, Colonel Ray Numa, says increasing women participation in disciplinary forces, can bring about positive changes for peace restoration in communities.

The Summit involved security personnel from South-West Pacific countries including Chile in South America. Col Ray Numa at the conclusion of the summit encouraged participates to establish networks and maintain dialogues.

The Summit began on Tuesday with 42 participates from PNG, Fiji, Tonga, New Zealand, Australia and USA.

It is the second meeting for members of the South Pacific Defence Ministers Meeting, the first was held in New Zealand. It aims to establish a network of leaders who can address international security issues together.

Other topics discussed include APEC Security, Maritime Safety and a holistic approach to international crimes. For Papua New Guinea, these international crimes include drugs trade and illegal fishing.

The participants were presented PNG Bilums when they received their participation certificates.

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