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Australia’s High Commissioner to PNG, HE Deborah Stokes (right), and PNG’s Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development, Hon Delilah Gore, at the signing ceremony in Port Moresby today. Photo: DFAT, PNG Post
On 21 April 2015, the Australian Government and the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) formally agreed on PNG’s second country plan under Pacific Women.
Australia’s High Commissioner to PNG, HE Deborah Stokes, and PNG’s Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development, Hon Delilah Gore, marked the occasion at a signing ceremony at the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby.
Pacific Women’s support to gender equality in PNG is valued at AUD55 million over the next five years.
In her statement, the High Commissioner emphasised Pacific Women’s continued commitment to gender equality in PNG: “By increasing economic and leadership opportunities, and reducing violence against women and girls, we can help to reduce poverty and build a safer and prosperous PNG,” she said.
Minister Gore said: “This plan will help us further implement the Government’s National Policy for Women’s Empowerment and Gender Equality which was launched in 2011. We know that women are primary caretakers of the family and have a key role in improving our country’s economic development”.
Australia and PNG will support a coordinated response between government, non-government, the private sector and community organisations to improve women and girls’ lives.
The first Pacific Women PNG Country Plan (2012-2014) invested AUD7.8 million on gender equality initiatives in the country. Several of these activities are ongoing and will continue under the second Country Plan (2014-2019). Geographical areas targeted under the second country plan include: Eastern Highlands, Chimbu, Western Province, Central and National Capital District Commission, Morobe and Bougainville.
Article prepared by: DFAT, Port Moresby Post. A Country Plan Summary for the second Country Plan (2014-2019) will be available soon on Pacific Women’s website.