Women urged to learn skills


WOMEN graduating in traditionally male-dominated trades are role models and an inspiration to other women, says Deputy Prime Minister Davis Steven.
Steven made the remarks at the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC) graduation in Port Moresby last Tuesday where 31 women were among 156 who graduated in technical and vocational programmes.
Ten of the women graduated in trades such as construction, fabrication and light vehicle mechanical technology.
Steven congratulated the graduates reminding them that they were now in a position to put their internationally recognised qualifications to practice in PNG and abroad.
He commended the APTC’s efforts in supporting existing partnerships in PNG with industry, government agencies and the wider community.
“Skills development can be a key driver of social and economic progress for our country and I acknowledge the contribution of the Australian government as a partner for skills development in PNG through the APTC.”
The Australian High Commission’s minister counsellor Andrew Egan highlighted Australia’s objective to support training and vocational skills geared to market needs as well as leadership skills and attributes that would benefit PNG’s development and stability.
“We all know that decent employment leads to greater opportunities which can improve livelihoods and spur broader economic growth,” he said.
“In this way, you are all contributing to the prosperity of your families and communities.”
Egan was pleased that the number of women graduates signified gender inclusivity and female empowerment.
“The Australian government recognises that gender equality and women empowerment are essential to PNG’s economic and human development and we seek to continue to engage with the PNG Government to promote its efforts in this regard.”

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