Papua New Guinea’s most influential female public servants came together in Port Moresby yesterday to share their experiences and commit to supporting the next generation of women leaders to rise through the ranks.
More than 180 women, and a handful of men, attended PNG’s first-ever Women in Leadership Forum, where they heard from speakers including former Chief Secretary Margaret Elias, former Public Service Commissioner Lady Winifred Kamit, and former Law Reform Secretary Josepha Kiris.
Other speakers included former Ambassadors Jean Kekedo and Lucy Bogari, Acting Chief Ombudsman Phoebe Sangetari, and Internal Revenue Commissioner-General Betty Palaso.
The audience included young female managers, who were eager to learn from the nation’s pioneering women.
Participants signed a Call to Action to be published in the nation’s newspapers later this month.
“We recognise the unique leadership qualities and skills of women, and will support them in their ambitions and professional advancements,” the declaration says. “We will actively increase the number of women in decision making roles by supporting legislative reforms and the implementation of the public sector Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Policy.”
The Women in Leadership Forum was hosted by the Australian Government-funded Economic and Public Sector Program, in partnership with the Department of Personnel Management.
A Women in Leadership website will be launched on International Women’s Day next year featuring video interviews with iconic women who have served PNG at the highest levels.