WOMEN IN NEW CALEDONIA LEARNING TO GET THEIR MESSAGE OUT

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SECRETARIAT OF THE PACIFIC COMMUNITY (SPC) Noumea, New Caledonia

Press Release November 4, 1999

The Pacific Women's Resource Bureau (PWRB) is stepping up its training assistance in the area of communications.

Eight participants from Women's Organizations in New Caledonia are improving their skills in layout and presentations of newsletters and printed materials during a two-day training workshop organized by PWRB.

Mr. Jipe Lebars, SPC Graphic Artist has developed a very practical course tailored to meet the participants' needs. The focus is on headers, fonts and graphics, and using computers.

Joining the participants is Catherine Sipa, a 1999 graduate of CETC (Community Education Training Centre, Suva) and currently on attachment to PWRB. She will be presenting a session on Community Radio, putting into practice what she learned from the CETC Narere studio - FM 92.5.

She is working with PWRB and other women's organizations to increase radio broadcasts for women on Radio DJIIDO in New Caledonia.

Coordinator of the training, Rolande Trolue - SPC Women's Development Officer, is working closely with the women to provide more training assistance in other areas of communications, gender, leadership and organizational development, awareness of CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Violence Against Women), handicraft marketing and enterprise development.

Speaking at the opening, Emele Duituturaga - Head of the PWRB, thanked New Caledonia for funding this workshop, which allows SPC to contribute towards the development of women in New Caledonia. She said that SPC's mission is to improve the skills of Pacific peoples to make decisions about their future and the goal for PWRB is to make sure the SPC's mission is carried out with actions that support gender equity and the advancement of women.

PWRB is also increasing its presence on the website. Selina Vainerere, a young Cook Island woman on job-training attachment to PWRB for the past two months has, with the help of the Information Technology and Publications sections, redesigned and developed this site, which is almost ready to go live this month. PWRB will assist women's focal points in the region to develop their sites and link to the PWRB page in the SPC site.

The workshop is being held November 4-5 at the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) Noumea and is part of the PWRB's Information and Communications program funded by the Governments of Australia and New Zealand.

The next PWRB communications training workshop is to be held in French Polynesia in early 2000.

For additional information: Emele Duituturaga Head of Pacific Women's Resource Bureau Email: [email protected]  Website: http://www.spc.org.nc 

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