030315AMBASSADOR NORTH ANNOUNCES GRANTS
BY JENNIFER NKUI
The US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea His Excellency Walter North announced yesterday that two new grants have been approved by the US Government for two women organizations in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.
The two lucky organizations are the Buin District Women’s Federation in Buin, South Bougainville and the Kominiti Empowerment Development Services in Arawa, Central Bougainville.
His Excellency arrived in the region yesterday and was able to take part in the Bougainville Women Peace, Security and Technical Working Group first quarterly meeting at the Kuri Village Resort yesterday afternoon.
As the guest speaker during the meeting, Ambassador North in his keynote address told the members of the technical working group that the United States of America strongly supports women to become changers in the mission that they are currently engaged in.
He pointed out that Bougainville is at a critical conjuncture and the participation of women in the political arena is critical in ensuring development in the region.
His Excellency was able to sit through the entire proceeding of the meeting and was able to contribute ideas, raise questions and get feedback from the women on the everyday challenges that their organizations face.
The Bougainville Women Peace, Security and Technical Working Group is made up of six non-governmental organizations and they are the Bougainville Women’s Federation, Buin District Women’s Federation, Family Support Centre, Kominiti Empowerment Development Services, Leitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency and Tunaniya Open Learning Centre.