Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development | Port Moresby | 21-22 May 2013
CDI Associate, Dr Orovu Sepoe, represented the Centre for Democratic Institutions at two workshops in Port Moresby on Tuesday 21 and Wednesday 22 May to support the design of the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative (PWSPD) in PNG.
PWSPD is a ten year AusAID initiative designed to support high quality responses to gender inequality in the Pacific region. The program is intended to support change in key areas of economic empowerment for women, as well as to increase women’s opportunities to exercise leadership and decrease violence against women. It rests on the key assumption that the barriers to women’s empowerment in the Pacific are interrelated, and that Pacific women and men should be directly involved in developing the solutions to these difficult problems.
AusAID hosted two learning workshops in Port Moresby:
- 21 May - Women’s leadership and economic empowerment for women
- 22 May - Changed attitudes and behaviours for preventing and addressing violence against women
The Workshops provided an opportunity for organisations and groups from across PNG to discuss the gaps and opportunities in responding to these issues in PNG. The outcomes of discussions are being used by AusAID to inform the design for the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative. The workshops also allowed groups working in PNG to learn and engage in experiences and ideas on these key areas.
Click on these links for more on PWSDP and CDI's related work in the region: