PNG needs to strengthen womens' leadership

Strong women leadership is needed in Papua New Guinea to drive social and economic development and to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

SDG’s include quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, good health and well-being, reduced inequalities, climate action and zero hunger.

Women leader and member of Women in Maritime Association (WIMA), Jane Moaitse said  given our culture, promoting women as leaders is an uphill struggle due to negative perception of women in PNG.

Moaitse said this following the recent WIMA Women in Good Strong Leadership Workshop in Port Moresby.

The workshop provided the much needed opportunity to promote and strengthen good and strong leadership roles among women of PNG.

Moaitse said that good leadership comes with maturity, responsibility and strong discipline embedded on ethical and moral principles.

“Maintaining the integrity of women and women leadership is paramount and must be protected at all times and at all cost to command trust and confidence within our society.

“In order to protect our women and women in leadership roles, PNG WIMA women must insist on our women leaders to show true disciplined leadership reflective of their true qualities in their daily lives,” Moaitse said.

She said that in in order to strengthen women leadership, there needs to be a lot more advocacy and educational workshop promoting strong honest leadership roles among women.

“This ought to be encouraged and promoted as it was an eye opening experience for many of us from the Provinces and Districts,” she stressed.

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Quintina Naime