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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:

  AusAID: Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development 2012-2022
  Pacific Women's Parliamentary Partnerships Forum | Sydney | 9-10 February 2013
  CDI & Women in Politics
  CDI & the Pacific






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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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