A TOTAL of 26 women’s groups from the vicinity of mining and petroleum-impacted areas across six provinces have been trained on skills building.
Lasting for four months, the workshop was aimed at building skills in strategic planning, budgeting and finance, human resource and reporting and communication.
The workshop was undertaken by an international organisation Gutteridge, Haskins and Davey (GHD) that provides professional services in the area of engineering, environment, aviation, forestry.
The group works extensively in managing the delivery of international development assistance to clients such as AusAid, ADB and World Bank particularly in the Aisa-Pacific region.
As an outcome of the project, GHD will present a paper on the training conducted to the women in mining and petroleum conference scheduled for next month in Madang province.
The workshop was through a contract awarded last June by PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum for GHD to develop and carry out capacity-building training workshops for women associations in the mine and petroleum projects-impacted areas.
According to a joint statement by GHD PNG country manager Peter Aitsi and project manager for Women in Mining and Petroleum project (WIMAP) Lesley Bennett, the project stemmed from undertakings by chamber members to encourage greater and active participation of women in the economic and social issues affecting communities impacted by mining and petroleum activity.
Project funding was secured from Japan Social Development Fund through World Bank as a part of implementation of self-reliance programme for WIMAP.