Practice Parliament program for women gains momentum

The past week has helped empower some of PNG’s female candidates to take on their political careers with confidence.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator, Roy Trivedy said during the past week, government officials gave the participants policy briefings on issues such as the Governments Vision 2050, Medium Long Term Development Plan and District Services Improvement Program, as well as on climate change, decentralization and family planning.

“Parliamentary staff also trained the women on key procedures in readiness for the Practice session,” says Trivedy.

He added that these females have thrived in this training and we look forward to hearing more from then and after they return to their communities to start preparing for the national elections campaign beginning in April.

UNDP acknowledges the generosity of support from the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Italian Government, thankful also to the Gateway Hotel and Air Niugini for their official sponsorship.

UNDP also expressed thanks to the trainers and participants who have made this a memorable and successful event.

Annette Kora