The project originated from undertakings given by Chamber members to increase their support to encourage greater and more active participation of women in the economic and social issues affecting communities impacted by mining and petroleum activity.
Funding for the project was secured from the Japan Social Development Fund through the auspices of women in the implementation of the Self Reliance Program for Women Mining and Petroleum Program.
Within the contract GHD undertook to deliver capacity building training for 26 women’s groups across 6 provinces within a 4 month period. The training was delivered by GHD PNG trainers led by Mrs. Willie Igo and Mrs. Fa’a Fo Pat and Mrs. Gloria Numa. GHD took a PNG-Led approach to the training with international support provided by GHD training advisor Ms. Bronwen Harvey based in Canberra.
Ms. Lesley Bennett – Manager for the Women in Mining and Petroleum Project said; “The Chamber is very pleased with the outcome. We have been planning this project for several years unfortunately due to various reasons we had not been able to complete, and so it is indeed gratifying to see this element of our program successfully completed”.
“GHD has been able to develop appropriately targeted and well presented training that was interactive and participatory and as a result greatly assisted understanding and comprehension.”
The workshops were aimed at building the skills of the women’s groups in the following areas:
- Strategic Planning
- Budgeting and Finance
- Human Resource
- Reporting and Communication
As a further outcome of the project, GHD will be presenting a paper on the training conducted to the Women in Mining and Petroleum conference held in Madang in March 2010.