Exxon empowering women leaders

TWO Papua New Guinean women have graduated from a four-week Global Women in Management training program held in Washington in the United States.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 28 August 2017
  • 04:56
  • News
Exxon empowering women leaders ExxonMobil PNG public and government affairs manager Robert Aisi (middle) with past Global Women in Management alumnae and members of APNG during a ceremony to welcome back Bala Kerapa (seated second from left) and Julie Alo (seated second from right)

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Julie Alo and Bala Kerapa were the recipients of this year's Global Women in Management program which is supported by ExxonMobil PNG.
ExxonMobil public and government affairs manager Robert Aisi said women's economic empowerment was one of ExxonMobil's key focus areas for community investment because the company recognised that women were strong drivers of social change in their communities.
"Each investment in a woman is also an investment in her family and her community, so the impact is broad and multidimensional," he said.
The program is run by Plan International US and brings together women from diverse cultures to network, learn, share and adapt best practices for expanding women's economic opportunities.
Alo and Kerapa thanked ExxonMobil PNG for the opportunity to participate in this year's program.
"I have learned a lot from this experience and have gained new set of skills which I am looking forward to [putting] to use back home," said Alo.
Sixty-four women from PNG have benefited from the program since 2006.
The program's alumni also formed their own secretariat - Advancing Papua New Guinea: Women in Leadership Network - to leverage the strengths of their networks and deliver positive change in their communities by contributing to policy development in relation to social issues.

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