Port Moresby Nature Park celebrated the achievements and progress carried out by ordinary women who are playing extraordinary roles at the park as part of International Women’s Day celebrations.
The park employs eighty-five skilled men and women, thirty-nine percent of them are women. Thirteen proudly hold bachelor’s degrees in their respective fields. Of these, seven of the women hold senior management positions and are making their contributions towards a more gender balanced and empowered society.
Paliame Palisah, Nursery and Horticulture Supervisor at the Nature Park started out as one of two women on the grounds department three years ago and proved that she too could get her hands dirty and be great at it. Working at the Nature Park has given her the confidence to lead and gained the respect of those that once criticized her.
“Pressure is good for growth. If we live in a world where men don't exist, we wouldn't have that drive and determination to be great,” Palisah said.
March 8 marks International Women’s Day, an event that is celebrated by millions worldwide. This year’s theme: “Think equal, build smart, innovate for change” focuses on innovative ways in which we can advance gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Each year the Nature Park hosts over 140,000 visitors thus striving to continue its efforts in setting the benchmark in PNG for tourism, animal welfare,conservation, research and community nature-based education.