13 Dec 2010

Woman appointed as personal assistant to PNG Defence Force Commander

8:25 pm on 13 December 2010

In what's a first for Papua New Guinea, a female army officer has been appointed personal assistant to the country's Defence Force Commander.

The newspaper, The National, reports that Captain Jacqueline Lilih has been sworn in as aide de camp to Brigadier-General Francis Agwi for the next 12 months.

Brigadier Agwi says he's promoting gender equality because of the growing number of professional female officers and soldiers in the force.

He says he is determined to establish an environment within the defence force that is conducive to females working alongside their male counterparts.

There are a total of 28 women in the PNGDF which has around 2,100 personnel.