Papua New Guinea’s female leaders across the public service joined Minister for Public Service, Sir Puka Temu, on National Women’s Day (24 March) to celebrate the achievements of the Women in Leadership initiative.
A newly developed Women in Leadership website featuring the video project ‘Our Voices, Our Future’ was officially launched and the WIL forum report handed over to Sir Temu, recommended specific actions to advance emerging and current female leaders in the public service.
The report highlights over 30 key resolutions focused on improving areas of legal and policy issues, leadership and professional development, conditions of employment, research and networking.
Ambassador Jean Kekedo opened the event with a powerful keynote address symbolising PNG’s female leadership of the past and encouraging more mentors for emerging female leaders.
The future of PNG’s women in leadership was represented by Deputy Administrator for Central Province, Marina Faiteli, who highlighted the importance of increasing equity in the provinces and districts.
Deputy Australian High Commissioner, Ms Bronte Moules said, “It is a privilege to be here this morning in the company of so many inspiring women who have made their mark on this country, often against the odds.”
“Your stories will inspire other women to follow in your footsteps and show the nation what women can bring to leadership.”
The first of its kind video project captures insight and advice from PNG’s past and present female leaders including Commissioner General Betty Palaso, Professor Betty Lovai and former Secretary Ruby Zarriga.