Chance to start a change


THE beauty of hosting or organising large regional or international events is that their direct and indirect benefits reach beyond the big, well-established and well-to-do corporations or a handful of individuals.
Behind the scenes, a whole range of less known groups or individuals get to interact with visitors, learn about other cultures or earn a bit of revenue from services they provide.
The 2015 Pacific Games, for instance, has left a legacy for Port Moresby residents including small entrepreneurs and a large group of volunteers.
Next month, when Port Moresby hosts the Under 20 Women’s World Cup, a range of opportunities will present themselves to business houses large and small, especially those involved in hospitality, transport services, security and escort services, tour guides, etc.
Like the 2015 Pacific Games, this world event will be a grand occasion to showcase the country not only to the visiting women’s soccer teams, but also to a larger global audience through the media coverage the World Cup is bound to generate.
There will be a number of very demanding but rewarding part-time jobs as was reported yesterday.
The local organising committee of the FIFA World Cup has announced that 900 youths who are currently engaged by the National Capital District Commission’s Urban Youth Employment Project will be employed in various jobs associated with the event.
The youths were handed over to the FIFA local organising committee on Monday for training to prepare them to work during the two-week event.
They will be trained in time management, safety at work, customer service, communication and general work.
These are valuable life skills that will carry the youths in the future long after the world event from Nov 13 to Dec 3.
Beyond the game of football and the varied spin-off gains the tournament will bring, this is perhaps one of the best opportunities to drive home the message of gender equality and hopefully cause change in the Papua New Guinean male mind to have greater respect for the opposite sex.
That Papua New Guinea’s women suffer some of the worst cases of abuse at the hands of male relatives is no secret; it has been well documented by both local and international institutions including the medical volunteer organisation, Medicins Sans Frontieres.
The National has reported on couple of their reports based on their experiences at Tari in Hela and Lae, Morobe.
The Women’s World Cup, therefore, presents an opportunity to make a real and lasting change and provide a catalyst to heighten the nation’s awareness of the vice of gender-based violence
Speaking at the launch of the official emblem and slogan of the U-20 World Cup on March 8, PNG Football Association president David Chung had said: “Gender equality remains a significant social challenge in Papua New Guinea but we hope that through this tournament, we will create further awareness and promote change towards a more egalitarian society.”
That hope should be shared by all thinking Papua New Guinean men especially.
The tournament should help dispel some of the negative, sexist perceptions of Papua New Guinea men toward their women folk.
The city of Port Moresby will see the best of youth soccer on display when 16 teams from the continents of Oceania, Asia, Europe, Africa, South America and North American take part in the tournament.
The official slogan for the tournament To Inspire, To Excel sums up the ultimate goal of the event, which is to use football as a platform to promote gender equality in a traditional male-dominated culture.
The world will be watching Papua New Guinea during this World Cup event.
Perhaps chances of the national team advancing beyond pool stage may be rather slim, however, there is a lot more to gain besides winning even a single
This is an opportunity for our young women to rub shoulders with the world’s best to shake off what may be hindering them to excel in sport and other areas of life.
Most importantly the PNG U-20 women’s team will be an inspiration to other girls in the country who are bound by cultural norms that are not beneficial to their personal advancement in a modern society.

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