Sub-Regional National Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections, BRIDGE Gender and Elections Module Workshop for the Civil Society organizations in NCD and Central Provinces.
Scope of work covered:
Team Leader of three facilitators who was the lead facilitator and was supported by two co-facilitators namely Becky Tarubi and Robert Lafanama and one Administrative Assistant who was John Kuri.
Becky Tarubi went to the training venue on Thursday 29th October 2011 where we all facilitators should have met to prepare for the workshop. However, planning process for the workshop did not eventuate due to the Lead Facilitator was out of Port Moresby on business.
On Sunday 02nd October, the Lead Facilitator and the other co-facilitator Robert Lafamana arrived at Kokoda Trail Motel and got up with Becky Tarubi at about 4.00pm.
That evening at 7.00pm the Lead Facilitator and the two semi-accredited facilitators and the Administrative Assistant John Kuri met and planned the week’s program and allocated activities and tasks to facilitators and the Administrative Assistant to do the next day on the opening of the workshop.
Training week from 03rd to 07th October 2011:
The UNWOMEN in cooperation with the Government of Papua New Guinea especially the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission and the Department of Community Development hosted the “Sub-National Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) Gender and Elections Module Workshop” for the Civil Society Organizations in National Capital District and the Central Provinces from the 03rd to the 07th October 2011.
The sub-national workshop is the outcome of previous and ongoing consultation between UNWOMEN, the Governments, women’s organizations, civil society, other UN agencies for collaboration in empowering stakeholders towards advancing gender equality in political governance in the National Capital and Central Provinces as well as supporting the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This program was funded by UNWOMEN.
The workshop brought together about sixteen participants (8 women and 8 men) from Central Provinces and National Capital District.
The resource persons were from PNG Electoral Commission, HQ in Port Moresby and from the Department of Community Development both from the HQs and Chimbu Provincial Administration, Papua New Guinea.
PNG Electoral Commission, Election Trainer. Port Moresby.
Department of Community Development. Port Moresby.
Department of Community Development. Simbu Provincial Administration.
UNWOMEN. Port Moresby
The Gender and Elections Module has four (4) main objectives:
At the end of the training workshop, participants walked away with better understanding of six (6) important points on which the module is based.
Immediate Positive Outcome:
There have been some positive feedbacks from some male participants on the workshop indicating that this BRIDGE Gender and Elections course have had impact on them personally as individuals. They can now see things from gender perspective compared to past before they participated in this course. Some male participants have openly admitted that they have never appreciated what their wives do.
After participated in this BRIDGE Gender and Elections course have made the participants realized that women also have the same rights as men and women and men have to work together as equal partners to contribute to social, economic and political development of our country.
On the third day Wednesday evening at 8.00 pm there had been a confrontation with John Kuri and two female participants over allowances and Mr. Kuri sorted them out at 10pm.
The next day Thursday, the training start late that morning because some participants did not receive their allowances and some demanded to know why they were paid less than what they expected to get.
However, the training commenced at 10.30 am after morning tea break after we facilitators convinced some of them to attend.
On Friday, the participants refused to attend the sessions because they demanded explanation from the UNWOMEN office, however, the three facilitators eventually convinced the participants, they all came into the training venue, Rev. Rarua Ovia made a reconciliation prayer, called everyone together we hold hands and prayed for some good thirty minutes. The training started at 10.00 am concluded at 6.00pm without the presentation of the certificates.
The presentation of the certificates were done at 8.00 pm during the closing dinner and the certificates were presented to all the participants over the dinner table.
In concluding, this workshop has been a very good workshop in terms of the training itself conducted with different unique facilitation techniques from the three facilitators from PNG Electoral Commission and the Department of Community Development HQ and Simbu Provincial Administration.
The two co-facilitators had proven that they have the content knowledge on BRIDGE Project and have been awarded with Certificates of full accreditation to Workshop Facilitators level.
The participants have expressed views of appreciation of attending this workshop and thanked the sponsor UNWOMEN for selecting them who attended this workshop.
With that, I take this opportunity to thank Becky Tarubi and Robert Lafana for co-facilitating with me. You both have been very unique and very proactive facilitators who worked tirelessly and conducted and concluded the workshop. I also would like to thank Patricia Willie, UNWOMEN, John Kuri, UNWOMEN and Julie Bukikun, UNWOMEN to step in and assist with the administration.
Lastly and not the least I would like to thank UNWOMEN for your generous support in funding this BRIDGE Gender and Election workshop.
Improve on the payment of DSA to be paid to participants and facilitators upon arrival at training locations for them to take care of themselves during the course of the workshop so that there will not be disturbances that will disrupt the training.