Post Courier – March 30 2016
WOMEN leaders in the public service have resolved for zero tolerance policy on violence against women to be imposed on public servants. The women have called for termination if workers commit violence against spouse. Others include a separate parliamentary committee to be established to enforce the national policy on women 2010-15, the public sector gender equity and social inclusion (GESI) and the national strategy on gender-based violence. This call is among more than 30 key resolutions women leaders have resolved and called for the Government through the department of personal management to seriously take note of it. The key resolutions are summed up in a report that was presented to Personnel Management Minister Puka Temu and Secretary John Kali when commemorating national women’s day in the Nation’s Capital last Thursday. The key resolutions touch on legal and policy issues, research projects, leadership and professional development, conditions of employment and networking. Women leaders, have formed the Women In Leadership or WIL initiative that have propelled strategies to empower women to take up leadership roles in the public service.
The initiative is inspired by pioneer leaders like Dame Carol Kidu, Winifred Kamit, Margaret Elias, Jean Kekedo and current leaders like IRC Commissioner General Betty Palaso, Eda Ranu chairwoman Mary Karo and others. Ambassador Kekedo last Thursday took time to state that she was saddened to see images of battered women. Post-Courier’s front page story last Thursday about a woman being bashed up by her three month old boy friend was not a welcome sight for women observing the national women’s day.