International Women’s Day

Digicel PNG acknowledges women

A small part significant event was held within Digicel PNG’s head office in Port Moresby on March 8 to acknowledge the efforts of its female employees on International Women’s Day.

Amongst those present was CEO Valde Ferradaz, who acknowledged that women play an important role in influencing and shaping society.

“Male ego is dangerous for the planet, making men self-centred.

“The empowering of women is a necessity for balance,” explained Valde Ferradaz.

Reflecting on women’s progress

These events allow for networking but more importantly, to reflect on the progress of the women population in the country.

This morning saw working women and a few men in support of gender equality gather at Gateway by 7am, and speeches delivered to capture the theme ‘Press for Progress’.

Between the speeches, the outstanding point was involving more women in decision-making.

According to the 2017 Gender Gap Report of the World Economic Forum, achieving gender parity is over 200 years away, which is over 6 generations away.  

Closing the gap in women empowerment

This gap will be identified in a short video, currently being put together by the Pacific International Hospital, with the help of EMTV.

The video will capture local women from different walks of life sharing their views on what they understand about gender equality and its state in the country.

It will be showcased on March 8, which is International Women’s Day, during an event PIH is planning to host.

The event will host policy makers from embassies and companies (both government and private).

Photo comp for inspirational women

This contest is to commemorate the International Women’s Day in March.

With the theme “A woman who inspires me”, participants are encouraged to submit 3 entries capturing a moment in life of a woman who inspires them.

It can be three entries of three different women, or three entries of one woman as the subject.

These photos should show the face of the subject and must portray perseverance, progress and courage.

The competition due date is midday March 6, 2018, so judges can determine the three winners to make the announcement on March 8.

Bougainville women are proud women: Momis

ABG President Dr John Momis made this statement in commemoration of International Women’s Day.

“The traditional role of women in most parts of Bougainville has always been custodians of the land, providing a safety net to society and keepers of the peace, this role has not changed; women still play a vital role in contemporary Bougainville today,” Momis said.

“I am also proud to say today that a new role that Bougainville women have assumed is one that has redefined their roles in Bougainville and that is of peace maker.”

Govt will foster equality in departments

In his International Women’s Day speech on Wednesday, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said: “We can be proud that today we have more women in senior roles than at any other time in our history.

“These are women as departmental heads and through staffing ranks, and in our judiciary.

“But this is not enough and continuous action speaks louder than words.”

The PM says we are seeing positive change in our schools, with the number of girls receiving an education continuing to grow.

Work together for gender equality: O’Neill

Speaking on International Women’s Day, PM O’Neill said all women and men must take heed of the theme this year of “Be Bold for Change” and work together for gender equality.

“Today, in Papua New Guinea and around the world, we give thanks for the contribution of our mothers, daughters, sisters and all women in our communities,” the Prime Minister said.

“This is a day to not only recognise the achievements that have been made in advancing the rights of women, but most importantly to make greater progress.

Celebrate acts of courage by ordinary women!

PNG must call for change and celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of this country.

Since 1975, International Women’s Day has been celebrated around the world on the 8th of March. This year's

theme is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030.

Nominate now for the U.S. Women of Courage Award!

The Women of Courage Award honours women who are making history in their countries and communities through their work to better their societies, to fight discrimination or strife, and to help resolve conflicts.

“Eligible candidates are women working in the political, human rights, economic, social, judicial, health, educational, press/media, peace and national reconciliation, and scientific and technological arenas,” the embassy said in a statement.