Women

Impact on female-led Pacific businesses deepens as COVID-19 takes its toll

Despite this, Pacific businesses continue to adapt; an increasing number have scaled back operations, with fully operational female-led businesses decreasing to 23 per cent (down from 29 percent during Survey 4 of the PTI Pacific Business Monitor), and partially operational businesses increasing from 29 per cent to 41 per cent.

Commenting on the Survey 5 findings, PTI Australia Trade & Investment Commissioner Caleb Jarvis noted that the pandemic is biting hard for all businesses – particularly those led by women.

Morobe women upskilled in financial literacy

Under the brand ‘Women's Federation for World Peace’, the Morobe chapter gathered on Monday morning to open the highly anticipated event.

Dressed in their provincial colours of green, yellow and blue, the women welcomed the PNG State chapter president, Betty Kaim, the Jiwaka chapter and guest speaker, chief inspector Pauline Siaguru.

Speaking at the Our Saviour’s Chapel in Lae, Kaim said from just a small group, she now boasts a membership of over 280, where 271 of them are from Morobe while 16 are from Jiwaka.

Efforts to get women into Parliament underway

In preparation for the 2022 National General Elections, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission (IPPCC) have commenced efforts to drive a critical national initiative. This initiative aims to raise awareness on the importance of getting women into Papua New Guinea’s highest lawmaking institution, the National Parliament.

Women in Gazelle urged to take advantage of funding

He highlighted this during Monday’s presentation of an initial seed capital of K200,000 to East New Britain Savings and Loans Society (ENBSL) to empower local women’s SMEs.

Minister Wong presented the cheque payment to ENBSL’s member services and branch support officer, Shirley Kabavas.

Minister Wong said this funding will be parked at ENBSL and established women’s associations in the district’s five rural Local Level Governments can access this funding as loans with a loan repayment interest rate of only one percent (1%).

Hela women intent on change

It is easy to see their plight.

Frequent tribal conflicts erupting in many parts of the province have dislodged families from their homes and robbed them of their livelihoods with the most vulnerable – women and children – seriously affected.

Throughout Hela the cry for peace has been growing.

Following the successful women’s leadership summit held in Goroka in 2017, Hela women requested Oil Search Foundation (OSF) support a forum where they can lead the dialogue around addressing violence.

Ginigoada trains women drivers

The program started in August this year.

Ginigoada Foundation, a non-government organisation, aims to graduate these women drivers in February next year, 2019.

The women are put into batches.

Ginigoada has been able to successfully train and graduate 2 batches comprising of 16 women so far, with 32 more women to train.

The training for a batch is a month-long.

One of the participants, Belinda Paliya, said the training is very good as most times male drivers are very careless.

Southern confederate women’s trials underway

The women’s trials started on Wednesday, August 1, and will end today where 20 women will be selected to represent the Southern zone.

It was a perfect Port Moresby day when both seasoned and first timers took to the field at the National Football Stadium for the Southern women’s division trials.

Bridging the gender gap

According to a research conducted by Media Development Initiative Papua New Guinea, it is no different to any other country struggling to address gender inequality.

From this same research it has been noted that PNG’s rank on the gender-related development index has fallen in the past decade.

It was ranked 106 out of 146 countries in 2002 and by 2006, it had fallen to 124 out of 140.

A 2007 report found that antenatal care coverage had declined from 80 percent in 1991 to 58 percent in 2004.

Women face challenges in digital technology

Central Bank Governor Loi Bakani told participants at the Improving Digital Financial Literacy Workshop recently in Port Moresby, an APEC capacity-building initiative for Papua New Guinea.

When giving an overview of challenges faced in PNG with the digital financial literacy, Central Bank Governor Loi Bakani said although digital technology is opening new vistas, challenges persist.

Police women revive Women’s Advisory Network

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary recently revived its Women’s Advisory Network (WAN), which is strengthening the skillsets of members as part of its effort to improve work conditions for female officers and the quality of community police services.

The organisation is volunteer-driven and provides an advocacy platform for police women to address issues such as harassment and discrimination in the workplace.