2017 PNG Women’s Forum, Highlands region set to take place at the University of Goroka

U.S. Embassy, Port Moresby: The 2017 PNG Women’s Forum, Highlands Region, kicks off today in Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province.   This Forum, planned through a partnership between U.S. Embassy Port Moresby, Department for Community Development and PNG Tribal Foundation, is the 4th forum, but the first time to take place outside of Port Moresby.

The theme for the two-day forum is ‘Strengthening our Voices Together’ (Strongim Toktok Bilong Yumi Wantaim).

Day one will focus on elections: Power of our Voices and day two will focus on economic empowerment:  Working Together Toward Economic Empowerment.

“Thanks to the support of the PNG Government, more women and girls are attending school and university than ever before. And women have become such respected members of the workforce that PNG’s largest bank now has more female branch managers than men,“ said U.S. Ambassador Catherine Ebert-Gray.

Over 300 women and men have registered to take part, thanks to the sponsorship of ExxonMobil, Oil Search Foundation, the Australian High Commission and the University of Goroka.

Dignitaries expected to attend and speak at the forum include Eastern Highlands Governor Hon. Julie Soso, Secretary for the Department of Community Development Anna Solomon, U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Catherine Ebert-Gray, Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr. Sharman Stone, Dame Carol Kidu, Lynda Babao-O’Neill, and Managing Director of ExxonMobil Andrew Barry.

For more information, please contact Esther Sibona on +675 7091 5854.