Posted By Staff Reporter
For the first time in its 36-year history, the Centre for Development and Population Activities
(CEDPA) Global Women in Management (GWIM) program will be held in Papua New Guinea,
bringing together 26 women from across the country.
The three-week workshop from 24 March to 11 April 2014, run by Plan International USA, aims to
strengthen women’s management, leadership, and technical skills to advance economic
opportunities and build the next generation of women working in civil society or for nonprofits in
Papua New Guinea.
The CEDPA GWIM program is supported by ExxonMobil’s Women’s Economic Opportunity
Initiative, a global effort launched in 2005 to help women in more than 90 countries fulfill their
economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities. To date,
ExxonMobil has invested more than $70 million around the world to help implement programs
that have directly benefitted tens of thousands of women around the world.
Decie Autin, ExxonMobil PNG Limited Project Executive, welcomed the CEDPA GWIM
participants to Port Moresby.
“We are proud to support this important program that helps equip women leaders with valuable
skills,” Ms Autin said.
“I am thrilled that so many women – many of whom are already making a difference in their local
communities – will come together to learn new skills and network.
“Over the past four years, we have provided support for local women to participate in this
program in Indonesia and Washington, DC, and they have made huge contributions on their
return to Papua New Guinea. I am excited to see what the women who attend this year’s
conference will achieve.
“It’s no secret that when you invest in a woman, you are also investing in her family and her
community, so programs like GWIM have far-reaching benefits.”
The GWIM program is designed for women working in local non-government organisations,
cooperatives, and business women’s associations, as well as for emerging and existing female
business leaders and entrepreneurs.
Since 2006, ExxonMobil has provided support for 23 Papua New Guinean women to complete
the GWIM program.
One of those women, Cathy Alex, who works for CDI Foundation, said she is proud to have
participated in the GWIM program.
“The three-week course gave me useful, practical skills that I was able to bring home with me
and put into action. The skills gained enabled me to assist rural, marginalised women of the Gulf
and Southern Highlands promote activities that improve the community’s livelihood despite the
many challenges. Through my involvement and by working with development partners, I helped
women in Samberigi open their first vegetable market, as well as women take over leadership
positions traditionally occupied by males.
“I whole-heartedly believe in the skills gained through the GWIM training, because it enables
participants to be more passionate and contribute meaningfully toward progressively making
“I very much thank ExxonMobil for the opportunity,” Cathy said.
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