9 Jun 2014

US applauds Bougainville women

2:31 pm on 9 June 2014

The United States government has recognised Bougainville women for their contribution to peace building before, during and after the Crisis.

EM TV reports that a two year $US1.5 million, 'Women's Peace Building Initiative Project' is to be implemented in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province, to support more inclusive, sustainable and transparent economic growth.

The US Aid Regional Director Maurice Knight says that Bougainville women are effective peacemakers, community leaders and champions of civil and human rights.

He says Bougainville women have been at the forefront of steering recovery efforts and influencing policies such as the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security.

Under the funding, a series of grants are to help counselling for victims of violence and programmes to improve living conditions.