Press Release

Call to encourage women in transport

15/08/2018

The APEC Women in Transportation meeting in Port Moresby focuses on identifying barriers and best practices to include women in the transportation workforce as well as strategies for enhanced opportunities in five key areas in the Women in Transport (WiT) Framework.

A PNG police woman in a police vehicle ready for APEC security operations in Port Moresby. Picture Courtesy of AFP

The APEC Women in Transportation meeting in Port Moresby focuses on identifying barriers and best practices to include women in the transportation workforce as well as strategies for enhanced opportunities in five key areas in the Women in Transport (WiT) Framework.

PNG Transport Department Secretary, Roy Mumu said it was encouraging to see PNG female engineers participating in the workshop on Good On Services (GOS)- Human Resources Development Working Group (HRDWG) on “Promoting Regional Connectivity of Professionally Qualified Engineers in APEC.

“The call to advocate and collaborate domestically in Papua New Guinea to increase women in transportation as a career is on the agenda of the APEC 2018 host economy.

“For Papua New Guinea, it is a very interesting topic as far as the transport sector is concerned because this stem from an initial twinning arrangement that the Department of Transport PNG initiated with the Australian Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities.

“Under the twinning arrangement the idea was to develop PNG females in the transportation sector basically to develop them to manager and leadership levels.

“I think it’s important to advocate that professional female Papua New Guineans are very much our target, through the Australian Government’s Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP) they’ve supported us with a study to look at how many females are in the sector,” said Mr Mumu.

He said out of the 11 transport sector agencies in PNG, they’ve interviewed six (agencies) and got some very interesting statistics.

“At the moment, about 70 percent of the workforce in the transport sector in PNG is male and less than 30 percent are females.

“I hear of other institutions that provide training to female officers, we can work together and collaborate and advocate transportation as a career.

“For example, the fisheries college in Kavieng or the Madang Maritime College were they train seafarers, why not we collaborate together to improve the facilities there so we can encourage more students to come,” said Mr Mumu.

The WiT is an initiative of the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum and the PNG APEC WiT Taskforce.

On the margins of the 42nd APEC Transportation Working Group in April 2016, PNG was awarded a 2 year funding support by the United States Government for PNG APEC WiT pilot project which focuses on pillar one which is on education.