Kina Bank hosted a lunchtime community event on Friday 6 March at Kina Bank Haus, Port Moresby, as part of International Women’s Day celebrations. The Chancellor of PNG University of Technology and former PNG High Commissioner to the UK, Ms Jean Lucille Kekedo OBE, was invited to deliver the keynote address on the topic: How would you forge an ‘Equal Gender World’? to the bank’s staff and the business community.
Saima Kalis, Kina Bank’s Group Manager for Culture, Diversity and Inclusion in her opening remarks said: “Whilst our fight for equality still exists globally and in PNG, let us stand united today to celebrate, reflect and be inspired by the journey of those who have gone before us and the journey we have ahead of us.”
In a moving keynote address, Ms Kekedo reflected on the legacies of PNG’s pioneering women, the progress since the United Nations Beijing Declaration in 1995 and her work in initiating the Business Coalition for Women in 2013 to further the action for gender equality in PNG’s private sector.
The former diplomat challenged the business community to have a deeper interest and knowledge on the social issue and its progress, saying: PNG has enough enabling legislation and organisations in the public sector, such as the Gender Equity & Social Inclusion Policy, and the Business Coalition for Women in the private sector to work towards achieving ‘an equal gender world’.
Ms Kekedo OBE emphasised the importance of engaging all community stakeholders in movements for gender equality, especially men, and highlighted actions women in the audience could take towards self-empowerment and building a gender-equal world – dedicating her address to the women of PNG past, present and future who have contributed to and will contribute to gender equality.