The UN joins the Government and the people of Papua New Guinea to celebrate International Women’s Day
Port Moresby, Wednesday 08 March 2017 - In celebrating International Women’s Day, the United Nations in Papua New Guinea calls on the country to once again reflect on progress, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of this country.
Since 1975 International Women’s Day has been celebrated around the world on the 8th of March. This year's theme is Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50:50 by 2030.
The United Nations advocates to all nations to accelerate the Sustainable Development Goals, by building momentum and putting into action Goal 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning.
“Despite some improvements, leadership positions across the board are still held by men, and the economic gender gap is widening, thanks to outdated attitudes and entrenched male chauvinism. We must change this, by empowering women at all levels, enabling their voices to be heard and giving them control over their own lives and over the future of our world," stated the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres on the global situation.
"Denying the rights of women and girls is not only wrong in itself; it has a serious social and economic impact that holds us all back. Gender equality has a transformative effect that is essential to fully functioning communities, societies and economies,” the UN Secretary-General said.
The Government of Papua New Guinea has made significant progress in the last few years through its commitments and actions to advance gender equality and women’s rights.
“The Government with support from the United Nations has developed a National Strategy to respond and prevent Gender-based Violence, which affects many women across PNG, and is continuing this vital work to implement this strategy,” said Mr. Koffi Kouame, the UN Resident Coordinator, a.i. and the UNFPA Representative in PNG.
vital for PNG to accelerate efforts to achieve gender equality and achieve the
Sustainable Development Goals. PNG is ranked
158th out of 188 countries in the global Gender Equality Index, with only 2.7
per cent of women represented in the National Parliament. The UN will continue in its efforts to
reach women, in particular the marginalized and the socio-economically
disadvantaged, and encourage motivation and determination to strive for a
better life and improved well-being for themselves and their families,” Mr.
The United Nation's Development Programme (UNDP) is hosting a high-level event with a panel of female candidates from across Papua New Guinea who are running for this year’s election and will speak about the challenges they face. The participants are part of a National Practice Parliament for women programme from 7-11 March and are being trained in critical national policy issues, parliamentary processes and campaign strategies. The highlight is a Practice Parliament session to be conducted for the first time in the National Parliament with support of the Deputy Speaker and Acting Clerk.
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