More women join advisory centre

National, Normal

The National, Thursday 15th December 2011

Despite being established just five months ago, the Women’s Advisory Centre in Port Moresby has empowered more than 270 women with free training and advice.
Speaking at a Women’s Advisory Centre morning tea yesterday, Business Against Corruption Alliance (BACA) coordinator Val Salama, who runs WAC said 22 workshops had been conducted since the launching of the centre in June.
Salama said 279 women had attended the training, while 22 others sought
advice on starting
small businesses.
She thanked the British High Commission for providing K75,000 to run the
training, which included basics in business such as budgeting, communication skills, registration and insurance of business as well plus women’s rights.
Salama said the success of the programme did not necessarily depend on the number of women
becoming successful small business entrepreneurs but on those who gained confidence to make their lives better.
Acting High Commissioner Jillian Battersby said the British High Commission was proud to support WAC in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.
She appealed to all women in the National Capital District and in rural areas to take part in such training.
Participants Budo Ilaita, Gilda Tobata and Zantana D’Moru said they were pleased with the training as not only had they acquired knowledge but had built up networks with other women and shared experiences to help each other.