Launch of the Pride of PNG Awards for Women 2015

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Recognizing ordinary Papua New Guinean women for their inspirational and extraordinary community service is still fairly uncommon in the country.  This is why the Pride of Papua New Guinea Awards for Women continues to foster and elevate these unique and under-acclaimed women who deserve recognition for their accomplishments.

This highly prestigious award is a community service initiative by the CPL Group which aims at identifying and rewarding ordinary Papua New Guinean women who have done extraordinary things to make their communities a better place to live.

Since its inception in 2007, the Pride of PNG Awards for Women has received thousands of nominations for women of all walks of life. From the many who get nominated each year, only six women are selected and awarded with the Pride of PNG medal under the six categories: Young PNG, Bravery and Courage, Community Spirit, Care and Compassion, Environment, and Education Role Model.

The Patron of Pride of PNG Awards for Women and Governor General of Papua New Guinea His Excellency- Sir Michael Ogio officially launched the 8th Pride of PNG Awards for Women today, 19th of May, 2015 at CPL Group’s Waigani Central Complex Port Moresby.

For the first time, the Launch of the Awards was held in a public place as CPL wanted to directly involve the people it is intended for – the ordinary people of Papua New Guinea.  Guests at the function included representatives of various Women’s Groups, CPL staff and drew a small crowd of on-lookers.

At the event, past winner- Monica Paulus recounted their experiences on wining the Awards and shared their experiences and accomplishments before and after the Awards.  Her story is one on bravery, of courage and of incredible service to the countless victims of sorcery and of violence.

With the genuine support of Post Courier, PNG FM, EMTV and EMTEK this award program continues to tell the stories of the many unsung heroes of the nation.

CPL’s Chief Executive Officer Mr. Ravi Singh in his speech said,

“The women we honour through the Awards are heroes.  Everyday heroes that live a life of courage, compassion and most importantly, of service.  To the many lives they have helped and continue to help, either by relocating survivors of violence, providing medical equipment, running awareness campaigns for youth, imparting the value of learning or the other acts of service whose stories we have shared, they are life heroes.  To us, they are an inspiration.”

The uniqueness of the Pride of PNG Awards for Women is that the winners are given assistance by CPL Group annually for projects relating to the category they have won. This gives the winners the opportunity to pursue their dreams and at the same time continue serving their communities.

As an equal opportunity employer, CPL Group is proud to be supporting the women in Papua New Guinea and is committed to add more years to the success of Pride of PNG.

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Martella Kuman
Martella Kuman

Here’s a story of one of the earlier winners:

* EDUCATION/ROLE MODEL CATEGORY : Ms. Matella Kuman
Martella Kuman’s story is one for the books – from a cleaner earning only K14 monthly she became a well-respected Nurse Administrator.

Martella is from a little hamlet called Pompimeri in the Kundiawa/Gembogl District of Simbu Province. She dropped out of Grade 6 in 1972 because her marks were too low. Not one to give up, she left home in search of job and a better life for herself.

There was no way she would spend the rest of her life being a village girl. Her 6 years of early childhood education had unraveled a whole new world of learning, a world held so much promised than the dreary village life that was in store for her in the village. Armed with her Grade 6 Certificate, she set off-on a quest to conquer the world. She found employment as a cleaner earning K14 monthly.

For the next two years, Martella paid her way through grade 7 and 8 with part of her K14 monthly wage. A year later, while still employed as a cleaner, she enrolled as a Nurse Aid, the equivalent of a Community Health Worker today, and graduated in 1975.

In 1993, she got her Diploma in Nursing in Goroka. While Matella worked, she matriculated, completing Grade 11 and 12 and in 2002, enrolled at the University of Goroka for a Diploma in Nursing Education. She returned home and after working for a year, enrolled at UPNG’s School of Medicine and Health Science under its Nursing Administration program, graduating in 2005 with Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Education. For Martella, the journey she set off on more than 30 years ago was finally complete.

She had under her belt a Nursing Degree, a testament of sheer hard work and determination. Her latest achievement is an award from the PNG Government in recognition of her untiring dedication and contribution to the medical profession in the country.

An inspiring story indeed from someone who just started as a cleaner.

 

 

For further queries, please contact the following:

MARLENE DUTTA of CPL Group’s Corporate Services Department on these contact details:

Email: mdutta@cpl.com.pg

Phone: 312 0000

Mobile: 7031 1617

 

 

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