Balance for Better: Women’s Political Participation in the Pacific – 8 March 2019
Coinciding with International Women's Day, the Initiative’s fifth Learning & Networking event was held at The Australian National University, Canberra.
Drawing on the 2019 IWD theme, Balance for Better, 50 guests enjoyed the panel discussion, 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 polit ical 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).
After the panel discussion, panellists and guests – 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 – discussed the panel topics further and migled in the University House courtyard, before heading off for a Canberra long weekend.
Visit our galleries page for my photos from this event.