Good practices to promote women’s political participation

Oct 25, 2016

Port Moresby, 25 October 2016 -  Two-day workshop on promoting women’s political participation and supporting political parties in empowering women within their own party took place in Port Moresby.

The workshop was organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Integrity Political Parties and Candidates Commission (IPPCC) with the support of Australian Labor International.

The workshop draws on the UNDP Good Practices Guide to Promote Women’s Political Participation and is aimed at enabling political parties to identify the actions that they can take to empower women within their own party across the three phases of the electoral cycle – the pre-electoral, electoral and post-electoral phases – and in the internal organization of their parties.

The ultimate goal is to strengthen political parties and democracy in Papua New Guinea though political empowerment of women and increased representation of women in the National Parliament.

The workshop focused on gender equality in the internal organization of the political parties and also included interactive sessions, presentations from women parliamentarians, who shared their own experiences as a women candidate and politician and more.

“Across the world the evidence shows having better representation of women and men - all groups of citizens in a society leads to better policies and outcomes. To achieve this, we must promote women’s empowerment in the political parties. There are great examples of how this has been done across the world, and we need to learn from the best practices to make it happen in Papua New Guinea” said Roy Trivedy, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in PNG.

The Registrar for Political Parties, Dr. Alphonse Gelu emphasized that, “this is a very important intervention by the Registry of Political Parties. It will be a long term activity and intervention to allow for political parties to be open to supporting and promoting women in politics. I am really thankful to the Australia Labour Party and UNDP for their support in this intervention”.

In 2016, the Pacific island countries as a region still have the lowest number of female parliamentarians in the world with three women MPs in Papua New Guinea. UNDP provides ongoing support for women’s political participation in the Pacific, which is funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme. The workshop was funded through the Pacific Parliamentary Effectiveness Initiative is a three-year program (2016-2018) designed to provide support to the Parliaments of Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Tonga. The program is implemented by the UNDP and is funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Government of New Zealand.

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