Training institutions in PNG aim to model a new inclusive form of leadership through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct.
Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct stakeholders gathered this week in Port Moresby to discuss how the landmark leadership initiative would support women’s empowerment and social inclusion through its activities.
The proposed approach looks at building skills of students and staff, transforming institutions and workplaces through policies, quotas and networking, and addressing barriers to participation for the marginalized. In particular, the approach recognizes the real risks of gender-based violence for women and access to opportunities for people with a disability.
Key Precinct partners – UPNG, PNG Institute of Public Administration and the Department of Personnel Management – welcomed the proposed approach and indicated their commitment to the Precinct’s vision of equitable and inclusive leadership.
The meeting represented the beginning of a conversation on inclusive leadership and the start of new collaboration between UPNG’s School of Business and Public Policy, UPNG’s School of Humanities and Social Science, and the PNGIPA School of Government. UPNG’s Executive Dean Professor Betty Lovai attended the meeting as a champion of women’s empowerment with a strong emphasis on training and sensitizing the next generation of leaders with these values.