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Supporting the next generation of women leaders

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Women in Leadership is a partnership between the Department of Personnel Management and the Australian Government-funded Economic and Public Sector Program. Women in Leadership (WIL) commenced in 2012 and represents women who work in the public sector in Papua New Guinea. The idea for the group emerged from discussions between Dame Carol Kidu and Jane Kesno from the Economic and Public Sector Program (EPSP) early in 2012.

“As far as women taking up decision making roles, what my Government wants to see is a 30% increase. This of course applies to the number of women appointed to head agencies of government and statutory boards and decision making roles across the broad spectrum of government at all levels.”

- Prime Minister’s speech delivered by Minister for Public Service Sir Puka Temu at the launching of the National GESI Policy, January 2013.

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The impact of women on the public service at the national level is increasing and there is a growing recognition of the contribution that women make to good management and leadership roles in the public sector. There is much more yet to be done particularly at the provincial and district levels.


We recognise the unique leadership qualities and skills of women, and will support them in their ambitions and professional advancements. We will actively increase the number of women in decision making roles by supporting legislative reforms and the implementation of the public sector GESI Policy.


Women comprise only 35% of the workforce and many are in the public sectors of education and health.


At the national level, only 23% of decision making positions are held by women.


National Government aims to see a 30% increase in women appointed to government decision making roles.


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