Women’s Leadership Workshop Conducted In Palau

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Women’s Leadership Workshop Conducted In Palau Activity provided capacity-building for women in government, NGOs

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, Oct. 31, 2014) – A two-day workshop that seeks to make women in Palau become better leaders in the government and community concluded yesterday.

The workshop entitled, "Effective Governance: Beijing +20 in Action Transformational Leadership Workshop", was held at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center from October 28 to 29, 2014.

Tonni Brodber, Technical Adviser of the Advancing Gender Justice in the Pacific (AGJP) helped conduct the workshop.

The workshop was collaboration between Center for Women’s Empowerment Belau (C-WEB), AGJP, and UN Women.

Attendees to the two-day gathering, which include many women in top elected and government positions in Palau, include Umerang A. Imetengel, Surech Hideyos, Emilia Katosang, Terry Ngiraingas, Lilian N. Marcil, Elvira Franz, Bernice Ngirkelau, Ann L. Pedro, Elin Kloulechad Rebluud, Janet Ebil Orrukem, Florah Tewid, J. Risong Tarkong, Bisayang Ush Luii, Delilah Llecholch, Latii S. Palacios, Mary Yangilmau, Marina Udui, Isebong P. Saito, Carol Ngiraidis, Tiare Holm, Tarita Holm, Roxanne Siual Blesam, Grace Kabino, Lorenza Olkeriil, Maile Andreas, Kazuyo Sungino, Charlene Mersai, Sandra S. Pierantozzi, Faustina K. Rehuher- Marugg, and Pia Morei Remengesau.

C-Web is a women’s organization in Palau whose vision is "to promote gender equality in the democratically elected government of the Republic of Palau, thus encouraging and fostering equal representation of women and their families through the election of women to national and state public offices, and to develop mainstreaming of gender sensitivity so that women can fully participate in the processes of legislative debate, decision making, policy development and implementation that fully encapsulate the social, environmental, health and economic impact in the lives of all people of Palau.".

UN Women is a United Nations entity working for the empowerment of women, while AGJP is a program of the UN Women that mainly works to identify and break down country-specific barriers to women’s political participation.

Senator J. Uduch Sengebau-Senior, one of the organizers of the activity and a champion of women’s rights in this island nation, said in an interview that the activity is meant for women to be the best they can.

"This is aimed to strengthen women and give them confidence in what position they are- ministerial, sectoral, private sector," the Senator stressed.

Senior then lauded the participation of former Vice President Sandra Pierantozzi in the event.

"She is a "trailblazer" and she made us know how it is to be a woman in politics," the Senator stressed. Aside from being Vice President of Palau from 2001 to 2005, Pierantozzi, a successful businesswoman, also had stints as Minister of Health, Minister of State, and Minister of Finance.

The first day’s activities include the following sessions: Session 1: gender and Transformational Leadership: The Basics Why Women, Why You, Why Now?; Session 2: transformational Leadership and the Beijing Platform for Action; and Session 3: The Leaders’ Challenge-Finding and Using Your Voice.

The second’s activities include the following sessions: Session 5: Women’s Role in the Political Economy of Small Island Developing States; Session 6: Gender and Climate Change; and Session 7: Group Activity- Gender Responsive Governance in Action.

The activity also included an exercise in public speaking.

"It will help women to become better at speaking up and speaking out on many issues," senior stressed.

Minister Baklai Temengil of the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs (MCCA), in a separate interview, said the activity provides capacity-building for women in government, non-government organizations (NGOs), and in leadership positions, either in the state and national governments.

The attendees said that the two-day gathering helped them a lot.

"We shared leadership experiences and learned a lot from the discussions. It will help us become better leaders in the government and community and allow us to make a difference," said Ngaremlengui State legislator Elvira Franz.

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