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PNG Women’s Forum: Wok Bung Wantaim lo Kirapim Senis

Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2016 Papua New Guinea Women’s Forum

July 24, 2015
A woman talking to a crowd. (Photo Credit: State Dept.)

Dame Meg Taylor talks with 2015 PNG Women’s Forum participants about networking and mentoring

Two women shaking hands. (Photo Credit: State Dept.)

First Lady Lynda Babao O’Neill greets participants at the 2015 PNG Women’s Forum

The nomination process for the 2016 Papua New Guinea (PNG) Women’s Forum has just opened!  Co-hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby and Papua New Guinea’s Department of Community Development, the 2016 PNG Women’s Forum will take place March 1 to 3, 2016 in Port Moresby.  The U.S. Embassy and the Department of Community Development are excited to announce that the competitive process to select and support a large number of participants to join next year’s Women’s Forum has just begun.  Nominations are due by October 1, 2015. 

Focused on advancing gender justice and economic opportunity for women, the PNG Women’s Forum will draw participants from all over the country.  There is no cost to attend the Forum.  Panelists and speakers will be announced in early 2016, so stay tuned for updates.   

Participants will be selected through a competitive nomination process.  To nominate yourself or someone from your community to participate, fill out the nomination form available on the U.S. Embassy’s website at:  http://portmoresby.usembassy.gov/forum.html.

Nomination forms are also available in hard copy at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, at the Department of Community Development at ANG Haus, and the American Corner inside the National Library.  

Priority for participation will be given to women serving in leadership roles within community and civil society groups, individual women leaders and women’s empowerment advocates, female business owners, emerging young leaders, up and coming public servants, and men with a strong interest in women’s empowerment and gender equality.  

Sponsored travel and lodging will be available for a selected number of participants, but this will be highly competitive and nominees are encouraged to make their applications as strong as possible in order to receive positive consideration. 

The 2014 and 2015 PNG Women’s Forum received excellent support from international organizations, the diplomatic community, and corporate partners.  The U.S. Embassy and Department of Community Development welcome sponsors for the 2016 PNG Women’s Forum and ask that interested organizations contact the U.S. Embassy to coordinate their support.  

For more information on the Forum, or if you need the nomination form faxed to you, contact the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby by phone (+675-321-1455, extension 2211, or +675-7091-5851); fax (+675-321-1593); or e-mail (pdportmoresby@state.gov).