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Balance for Better: Women’s Political Participation in the Pacific - 8 March 2019

Posted 11 March 2019 10:52am
Balance

The Women’s Leadership Initiative’s fifth Learning & Networking event was held at University House, ANU, Canberra on 8 March 2019, to coincide with International Women’s Day. More than 50 guests attended the event, including Australia Awards scholars, WLI mentors, Pacific ANU students, ANU Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) staff and network members, private sector representatives, and DFAT staff.

Drawing on the 2019 International Women’s Day theme, Balance for Better, the focus of the event was a panel discussion on Balance for Better: Women’s Political Participation in the Pacific. DPA research fellow, Dr Kerryn Baker, opened the panel with a brief presentation on the evidence and current trends relating to women’s political participation in the Pacific. Dr Baker then convened the panel discussion with other panel members: Hon Ali’imalemanu Alofa Tu’uau, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Samoa and Co-chair of the WLI Steering Committee (Samoa), Ms Sarah Garap, Women’s leadership advocate and Director, Meri I Kirap Sapotim (Papua New Guinea), and Dr Transform Aqorau, regional fisheries expert and women’s champion (Solomon Islands).

At the end of the panel discussion, panellists and guests enjoyed getting to know each other and talk further in the University House courtyard, before heading off for a Canberra long weekend.

For photos of the day, visit the event gallery

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