PNG, gender parity and education in the news

Our recent events on gender parity in Papua New Guinea and higher education reform, hosted in conjunction with the Asia Pacific Professionals Association and PNG High Commission, sparked much conversation on these important topics, including through the media.

Girish Sawlani of the ABC attended both events at ANU, and also spoke to female PNG students, including Logea Nao, a student in Crawford School of Public Policy’s International and Development Economics program, about their views on gender.

You can watch Girish’s video story on the gender parity forum here (it screened on ABC News 24’s The World program), or listen to a radio story here.

A story on the lecture by The Hon Malakai Tabar, PNG’s Minister for Higher Education, was also aired on Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat, focusing on the Minister’s push to increase the availability of tertiary education in PNG. During his visit to Canberra, Minister Tabar also spoke on other current political issues in PNG, such as drought preparedness and recent political changes.

The podcasts from both Canberra events are available on our Soundcloud page.

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Ashlee Betteridge

Ashlee Betteridge was the Manager of the Development Policy Centre until April 2021. She was previously a Research Officer at the centre from 2013-2017. A former journalist, she holds a Master of Public Policy (Development Policy) from ANU and has development experience in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. She now has her own consultancy, Better Things Consulting, and works across several large projects with managing contractors.

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  • The reform should start at the household level. The greater value towards women’s education would motivate parents to send their daughters to school. This will eventually empower women and reduce violence at the family level.

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