International Women’s Day Walk 

Active City Development Program hosted Walk and Yoga for Life in honour of International Women’s Day on Sunday, the 6th of March 2022. The walk commenced at South Side Fitness Center and finished at the Sir Hubert Murray Stadium.

The Active City Development Program hosted this walk under the theme: ‘Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow.’ The official date for International Women’s Day globally is the 8th of March. International Women’s Day is celebrated annually as a symbol of the struggle and strides of women on the path towards equality. 

The organizations that joined the walk included Spotlight Initiative, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women (UNWOMEN), UN Capital, the Conservation and Environment Protection Agency (CEPA), the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Department of Foreign Affairs Trade (DFAT) and the European Union (EU). 

In addition to these organizations was the Australian High Commission, the Japan International Cooperation Agency PNG Office as well as several women’s groups and other non-government organizations.  Each organization that attended this event did so with the aim to collectively celebrate women’s freedoms and rights and to recognize the contributions of women and girls around the world who are leading the way in climate action for global sustainability. 

NCD Governor, Hon. Powes Parkop acknowledged all of the partners, organizations and communities that joined the International Women’s Day Walk.

UNWOMEN Deputy Country Representative, Ms. Carolyne Nyamayemombe and Hon. Powes Parkop both stressed the importance of women’s representation in all sectors of society. Hon. Powes Parkop stated, “We celebrate International Women’s Day because all women are valued and have rights. We must have women representatives in our parliament.”