Madang public servants ready to level the playing field

Robyn Barausiki was among the Madang public servants to benefit from the GESI sessions.

Senior Madang public servants are confident they can level the playing field for all Papua New Guineans following the completion of a workshop focused on inclusive and equitable attitudes and practices.

The weeklong session communicated the principles and values of gender equity and social inclusion (GESI) and provided guidance on their application to work and community life.

It was the latest in the Department of Personnel Management’s GESI Policy implementation planning sessions, which are rolled-out at the provincial and district levels, and supported through the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership.

Among nearly 40 participants were senior managers and executives from the Madang Provincial Administration and Provincial Health Authority.

The group included veteran public servant Augustine Siamoli, human resource (HR) manager at Modilon General Hospital, who said that leadership qualities can be found in women and men equally.

“There is a lot of goodness in women being leaders,” he said. “I’ve worked under two [women] – they are good leaders, they listen, they gather views, they get recommendations and if they need technical advice they seek help.”

“The GESI Policy links to everything to do with my job as HR Manager – the content of the training really touched on the importance of implementing all these activities and duties.”

Madang public servants ready to work together for greater equality.

Another participant was Robyn Borausiki, a social worker and family support centre coordinator, who works with women to address domestic violence and gender-based violence, and improving referral pathways to seek justice.

She said her work is challenging, and partnerships, training and practical policies are important to progress towards equality for all constituents in Madang.

“I am confident,” Ms Borausiki said, “when you look at the challenges and you feel like giving up, but such trainings and workshops give you hope to go back one more time and do it all over again for a positive response.”

“All genders are equal – we equip people in what we do and we can bring it forward together.

“With the GESI [Policy] in place we can look at some good strategies – which were in the workshop – to enforce and implement gender equity and social inclusion,” she continued.

“Partnerships, like with Australia, helps policies created at the national level to be carried out. We work closely with the provincial and districts governments to get all policies implemented.”

GESI Policy sessions have reached more than 500 public servants across 10 provinces. They are expected to be delivered in East Sepik and Enga before the end of 2019. Gender equity and social inclusion are the responsibilities of all people – women and men – and is important in workplaces, families, communities and schools.