PNG Universities implement Policies to make inclusive Education for Girls and Women

The Papua New Guinea University of Technology and The University Of Papua New Guinea School of Medicine and Health Sciences have introduced new policies to make education more inclusive for women and girls- the first universities in PNG to co-create a policy of this kind!  

The policies were developed during the Gender Equality, Disability and Social Inclusion (GEDSI) workshops facilitated by the #PNGAusPartnership’s #IncentiveFund.  

Forty-three people across both institutions, including students, academic and support staff attended the workshop.   

The new policies will embed equity, access and inclusion across all structures, policies, and practices. 

Both institutions have received Incentive Fund grants to construct accommodation for female students, increasing access to tertiary education for women and girls across PNG.  

“The workshop helped me understand the importance of GEDSI in my work in the infrastructure department. Disability inclusion has never been part of our planning and implementation. GEDSI inclusion is an area we have not considered throughout our operations although the university's strategic plan talks about inclusion,” said Daryl Likius from Unitech's Projects Office. 

Photo and Article by Australian High Commission PNG

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