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Women from Hela and Southern Highlands provinces are currently participating in a training programme to help them become better leaders in the workplace.

Challenged by their remoteness, the provinces cope with the reality of gender imbalance in decision making, violence, security issues, and the need to develop good leaders.

Recognising that women play an important role to achieving positive change at the community level, Oil Search Foundation (OSF) has supported the inclusion of two women from these provinces to participate in a leadership and management course organised by the Business Coalition for Women.

In partnership with WINGS Education PNG the course focuses on better communication, effective leadership, managing relationships, building networks, identifying risks, analysing and presenting information.

Sr. Pauline Rex Nathan, Officer in Charge of Maternal Child Health Clinic at Pimaga Rural Hospital and the Hela Provincial Health Authority’s District Health Manager for Koroba-Lake-Kopiago Rebecca Puruma, are part of the training designed specifically for women in Papua New Guinea.

OSF’s Head of Gender and Leadership, Amanda Anderson highlighted the importance of supporting women to be effective leaders and managers;

“Having more women in leadership can improve innovation and decision making. It was reported by Pacific Women that by mid-2014, 23 percent of all senior management positions and 31 percent of middle management positions in Papua New Guinea’s government agencies were occupied by women, but women were still poorly represented at provincial level. We want to support more women to take up senior leadership roles.”
- Amanda Anderson OSF’s Head of Gender and Leadership

The course includes three sets of week-long contact sessions in Port Moresby. Apart from these, participants will complete their assignments at their place of employment.

Sr Pauline and Rebecca completed their first contact session on June 1stare grateful for the opportunity to participate, looking forward to implementing what they learn. OSF acknowledges the leadership of the Hela and Southern Highlands’ Provincial Health Authorities who supported the two women attending the training.

“I would like to thank OSF for sponsoring me to attend this training. I’ve learnt so many new things, and I'm already inspired to do things differently, to be a good team player at work, in my family and community,”
- District Health Manager for Koroba-Lake-Kopiago Rebecca Puruma
“I’ve learnt a lot of good qualities and approaches that I now look forward to demonstrating in my role. I am also motivated to be a role model for my other colleagues, family members, and community.”
- Sr. Pauline Rex Officer in Charge of Maternal Child Health Clinic at Pimaga Rural Hospital

Rebecca and Sr Pauline are expected to complete the course in November.