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25 new recruits first women to enlist

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, July 9, 2009) – While more women voices are called for on the floor of Parliament, 25 young women make history for PNG as being recruited to become our first women soldiers in the PNG Defence Force.

Reliable sources confirmed yesterday the 25 women are the first women recruited to undergo training as soldiers.

They will begin training next week at the Goldie Training Depot outside of Port Moresby.

PNG Defence Force Commander Commodore Peter Ilau will officially commission the intake of the cadets at Goldie before they start training next week.

This is part of the Government’s initiative in ratifying United Nation’s CEDAW (Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women).

The initiatives enable among other gender issues, equal employment opportunities policy in the three disciplinary forces the police, , defence and correctional services.

PNG’s report on the status of women in PNG to CEDAW will be launched by the Prime Minister next Monday.

Women have been recruited in the police force and CIS. The PNGDF has recruited five women, initially, three as pilots and two as lawyers. But as soldiers, the recruitment of 25 young women is a first for PNG.

Papua New Guinea Post-Courier: www.postcourier.com.pg/

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