YWCA International Day

Non-governmental organisation the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) celebrated its 54th International Day today.

Speaking during the event, National Vice President, Marie Balin, said the day marks YWCA’s role in empowering women in the country.

Over 400 participants celebrated the day with the theme celebrating the past and embracing the future.

Although commemorated on July 14 every year, it was held this Sunday as part of YWCA’s program.

Over the years, YWCA has been instrumental in empowering women.

Port Moresby YWCA Board Secretary, Kila Arere, said some of its programs include prison rehabilitation programs and literacy trainings in cooking, sawing and others.

In addition, they provide accommodation to women affected by forms of violence.

Emphasising on good Christian principles it develops members spiritually, mentally, and emotionally.

YWCA is funded by the United Nations Population Fund and has offices in Goroko, Lae, Tabubil, Vanimo and Ramu.

Meanwhile, it aims to increase its membership to over 1,000 women.

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Eric Haurupma

studied at the University of Papua New Guinea graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Relations. His main areas of expertise within EMTV are the courts, crime and the environment.