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PNG National Consultations on Increasing Women’s Participation in Local Level Government | Port Moresby | 10-11 December 2012

PNG goes to the polls again in 2013 – this time to elect representatives to sit on local level government (LLG) councils. The PNG Government's Office for Development of Women (ODW) is keen to see more women representatives on LLG Councils,  and is working with development partners UNDP and CDI to develop a strategy to increase women’s participation at the local level. There will be clear benefits from having more women involved at the LLG level, and women who gain experience at this level of government may be able to successfully springboard into the national sphere in future elections.

UNDP recently hosted a national consultation process, bringing together a range of stakeholders to help inform the ODW strategy development.  Two CDI Associates, Dr Orovu Sepoe and Dr Norm Kelly (both of whom were active drivers of the Women Candidate Training strategy for the 2012 national elections) contributed to the national consultations, presenting on past strategies and helping to facilitate discussion about expectations for 2013.  

Strategy development is now underway and activities will start in early 2013 for the mid-year elections. Click on the link below to access all the detail on our Women Candidate Training work with PNG for the national election in 2012:





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The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) supports the efforts of democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. It provides training, technical assistance and peer support for parliamentarians, political party organisers and emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, with a particular focus on Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. CDI sponsors research and publications on political change and democratic governance.

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