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  1. Tess Newton Cain
    Tess Newton Cain March 4, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Thanks for this post. I’d be interested to know more about this assertion:

    “Importantly, key improvements were noted in all central government agencies headed by women or with women in executive positions. Clearly, critical gains can be made when women occupy leadership positions.”

    What are the ‘key improvements’ and ‘critical gains’ that have been achieved in these agencies?

  2. PHIL Dowton
    PHIL Dowton March 4, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Hi Nicole

    I agree with the overall thrust of your article but dispute its factuality in several cases. In both Simbu and Western Provinces in PNG, women head provincial health services. I am proud of the fact that, when working in both these Provinces, my advice was sought and I was able to contribute to their selection/ appointments.

    The appointment of women to senior positions is of course only part of the battle. I know from my own experience that the appointments are often deeply resented and there are ongoing pressures to undermine their effectiveness because they are women. Sadly, this comes not only from the Papua New Guinea side, but also from ‘development partners’.

    A lot more needs to be done on the appointment of women to senior position but also in acceptance and support of women to ensure they are able to be effective.

    Cheers, Phil

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