With others female executives from high-ranking positions of the administration, business world, civil society or NGO from several other countries of the region, Mrs Kemo Guise, head of the strategic and urban planning division of National Capital District Commission (NCDC), took part to an « Women and Leadership » online organised by France from Paris.
Yet everywhere in the world, women’s proven success in these positions allows many traditionally male-majority sectors to benefit from the new impulse brought by this leadership of women. But in spite of the progress made these past decades, women are still outnumbered by men in decision-making positions.
In their rise to top-ranking positions, women often encounter resistance from systemic hindrances, traditional vision of society, misogynist culture and behaviors, and suffer from self-censorship and limiting beliefs in their ability to succeed, even though experience proves that women show exceptional qualities of leadership whenever they are given the chance.
This course gathered female leaders the region (PNG and ASEAN countries) and presented them with a range of classes aiming at defining the nature of leadership, the main ways to hold and use it effectively as an instrument for both personal and collective change.
This program was organized and funded by the « Ecole nationale d’Administration » – the prestigious French school of civil servants that trains to the highest positions of state in France -, with the support of the French embassy to PNG.
It is in this context that the French ambassador Guillaume Lemoine went yesterday at the Port Moresby City Hall to meet the City Manager Bernard Kipit and greet Mrs Kemo Guise, who attended the last session of this 10 days training.
Ambassador Lemoine had also the oppotunity to talk with the trainers, in videoconference with Paris, who have unanimously aknowledge the very high quality of the trainees and of the exchanges. The participants made very interesting propositions on sexism, intergenerational differences and dialogue.
France is very committed and involved in the promotion of women in all areas of public life.
France is co-hosting with Mexico, in partnership with youth and civil society, the « Generation Equality Forum », a global gathering for gender equality convened by UN Women.
The Forum kicked off in Mexico City in March and will culminate in Paris from 30 June to 2 July 2021, launching a series of concrete, ambitious and transformative actions to achieve immediate and irreversible progress towards gender equality.