Meg Taylor to speak at Womens Forum

PNG Loop:

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Papua New Guinea’s  Dame Meg Taylor will be a guest speaker at the PNG Women’s Forum  to be held in March  this year, in Port Moresby.

The news came from a posting on the US Embassy in PNG Facebook site.

The posting said:  “Guess what!!! We are honored to announce that the Pacific Islands Forum’s first female Secretary General, Dame Meg Taylor, DBE, will be a key speaker at the 2015 PNG Women’s Forum!! ‘’

The deadline for nominations to attend the free forum is this Friday (January 30).

While everyone is welcome to apply to attend, participants will be selected through a competitive process so make your nomination stand out, the facebook posting said.

To nominate yourself or someone from your community to participate, fill out the nomination form available on the U.S. Embassy’s website at: Nomination forms are also available in hard copy at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby and the American Corner inside the National Library in Port Moresby.

Dame Meg Taylor has more than 20 years of experience working in the region and internationally, including serving as vice president and compliance advisor Ombudsman with the World Bank Group and as Papua New Guinea’s Ambassador to the United States, Mexico, and Canada.

Before this, she practised law in Papua New Guinea, served as a member of the Law Reform Commission, served on the boards of several companies and both national and international conservation organisations, and worked as private secretary to Sir Michael Somare through both self-government and Papua New Guinea’s independence.

The embassy said: “She will share her incredible journey from growing up on one of the first coffee plantations in Goroka to being the first woman ever to head up Pacific Islands Forum, an inter-governmental organization that aims to enhance cooperation between Pacific island countries. Her mentoring advice will inspire women of all ages to always look ahead, be hungry to learn, and seek out connections to achieve results.

“This premier event, co-hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby and the PNG government, will take place from March 9 to 11 at the Crown Plaza Hotel. This year’s forum is focused on advancing gender justice and economic opportunity for women.

The forum will draw participants and speakers from PNG and the world, including Rear Admiral Cari Thomas, one of the highest ranking officers in the U.S. Coast Guard, and Marga Fripp, the Founder and President of U.S.-based NGO Empowered Women International.

Priority for participation will be given to women serving in leadership roles within community and civil society groups, individual women leaders and women’s empowerment advocates, female business owners, emerging young leaders, up and coming public servants, and men with a strong interest in women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Sponsored travel and lodging is available for a selected number of participants thanks to sponsorship from the U.S. Embassy, the Australian High Commission Papua New Guinea, and ExxonMobil PNG. The Embassy and the PNG Government would like to thank the Australian High Commission, ExxonMobil PNG, and the Crowne Plaza for their generous support for the Forum. We welcome additional collaboration from other international partners and corporations.

A draft agenda for the Forum is available at Stay tuned for updates.

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