Raising the Profile of Women’s Issues in Papua New Guinea


"I am a woman, hear me roar," could have been the informal motto of the Papua New Guinea Women’s Forum — a two-day powerhouse event organized by the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby and the Papua New Guinean Ministry of Community Development. You can read more about this forum on DipNote.

Did you know that 50% of Papua New Guinea women have experienced sexual assault? How can we better support women leaders and empower rural women, particularly in an environment with cultural norms that foster gender inequality?

Civil Society, Democracy, and America’s Commitment to Asia and the Pacific

Dr. Tomicah Tillemann speaks with The Voice, Inc., a youth development NGO based in Papua New Guinea, November 2012. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Tomicah Tillemann serves as the Secretary of State’s Senior Advisor for Civil Society and Emerging Democracies.

Our work to rebalance U.S. diplomacy in Asia goes beyond economic and security considerations. We are also committed to standing up for America’s values.

In mid-November, I was in the city of Hangzhou, China participating in a groundbreaking conference on the role of civil society in U.S. foreign policy. The meeting was organized by the Institute for American Studies at Zhejiang University, and it marked the first time scholars in China have ever come together to discuss why organizations outside of government are such an important feature of America’s global engagement.

Participants in the meeting included experts from Chinese universities, the Academy of Sciences, and leaders from American civil society organizations. Our Chinese colleagues arrived with a wide range of assumptions about how American civil society groups operate and the degree to which… more »

U.S., Papua New Guinea, World Bank Host Women’s Regional Policy Dialogue

About the Author: Brian Asmus serves as Political, Economic, and Public Diplomacy Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

During her visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG) in November 2010, Secretary Clinton announced the Pacific Women’s Empowerment Initiative. She said, “Giving women access to education, health services, economic opportunities, and the structures of power is critical to alleviating poverty and disease in every part of the world. The United States is committed to working with you.”

From May 31 to June 1, Embassy Port Moresby hosted Healthy Women, Healthy Economies. The State Department, including Embassy Port Moresby and the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, teamed up with the PNG government and World Bank Group to organize the event.

We knew that logistics would be problematic. Flying anywhere in the Pacific takes time, effort, and money. Getting the women… more »

U.S. Delegation to Pacific Islands Delivers on Diplomacy, Development and Defense

Assistant Secretary Campbell with Solomon Islands PM Danny Philip June 29, 2011. [State Dept. Photo]

About the Author: Brian Asmus serves as Political, Economic, and Public Diplomacy Officer at U.S. Embassy Port Moresby.

There is never a dull moment at the U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (PNG). We just bid a fond farewell to Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) leader U.S. Army Major General Stephen Tom and his team. Major General Tom was in Port Moresby June 20-23 to sign a Memorandum for Record (MfR) with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) and National Museum and Art Gallery. The MfR reaffirms support for U.S. investigative and recovery efforts of the remains of World War II servicemen in PNG and surrounding waters.

We then had the honor and privilege of hosting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt M. Campbell and the other members of his high-profile delegation. These members included U.S. Pacific Fleet Commander Admiral Patrick M. Walsh, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator Nisha… more »