Press Release

Gender inclusiveness key to economic empowerment

05/09/2018

The PNG Symposium on Champions to Promote Women’s Economy Empowerment and Gender Inclusion in the Asia-Pacific Region began this morning as part of the weeklong APEC meeting on women and the economy forum.

The PNG Symposium on Champions to Promote Women’s Economy Empowerment and Gender Inclusion in the Asia-Pacific Region began this morning as part of the weeklong APEC meeting on women and the economy forum.

Focus of this morning’s session was on gender inclusion as the key to economic empowerment.

At the launching of the symposium, Deputy Secretary of Community Development, Ms Jeanne Sliviak asserted that the APEC PNG theme in itself elevates the discussion on inclusion and recognition of inclusiveness as an important part of embracing change in Papua New Guinea.

Sliviak said that not only does it identify and address impediments to women and girls participation in economic activities but it also carry social benefits.

“Inclusiveness has a huge economic empowerment in underpinning the need of sustainable economic growth in the country.

“I urge partners and stakeholders to collaborate and identify ways to address challenges facing women and their participation in the economies.

‘’Papua New Guinea despite its transition into the so- called modern way of doing things, maintains very traditional systems, norms and ways of doing things.

“The role of women as traditionally defined may not prima facie conform to many accepted international standards. Hence, the integration of women and girls into the economic activity has its challenges,’’ said Sliviak.

She has recommended that to address this issue, a more strategic approach have to be considered such as the education awareness to empower women.

“Responsibility must also be given to males in advancing the agenda.

“Promoting male champions is an important part of this discussion and APEC should apply some thoughts on how this can be pursued,’’ said Sliviak.