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The Lowy Institute is an independent, nonpartisan international policy think tank located in Sydney, Australia. The Institute provides high-quality research and distinctive perspectives on foreign policy trends shaping Australia and the world. On Soundcloud we host podcasts from our events with high-level guest speakers as well as our own experts. Essential listening for anyone seeking to better understand foreign policy challenges!
October 15th, 2015
Episode 324 of 412 episodes
The Lowy Institute, together with the Asia Pacific Professionals Association Ltd, hosted a panel discussion exploring gender parity issues in Papua New Guinea, where women face many significant challenges. High-profile speakers from Papua New Guinea and Australia discussed how the private sector can increase the diversity of the work force and expand the opportunities available to women within the changing commercial and social environment of Papua New Guinea – the fastest growing economy in the world in 2015. International evidence shows that investing in women and girls produces higher economic growth and better living standards in developing countries. The panel speakers provided perspectives from their specific industry sector and identify the steps that have been taken to address gender parity issues, as well as what more could be done. The sectors represented include law, education, energy and resources, banking and commerce. The Lowy Institute’s Melanesia Program Director, Jenny Hayward-Jones, chaired the discussion. Photo: Flickr/DFAT