A week long training programme for mentors conducted by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) of PNG has ended, with 40 women now ready to drive social change in their communities.

The mentoring training was supported by operator of the PNG LNG Project, ExxonMobil PNG Limited and was rolled out for women from Porebada, Boera, Papa, and Lealea.

This training is a lead up to the Rise Up Project which is an initiative aimed at educating and empowering young women and girls to lead change in their society by creating safe spaces for them.

The mentoring training has groomed the 40 women to be mentors who will then guide and support YWCA to run the Rise Up training targeting young women between 15 and 30 years of age. The YWCA aims to train 120 young women and 40 young men from the four Plant site villages by 2017.

At the programme’s closing ceremony, a participant from Boera Village, Lily Homoka, thanked ExxonMobil PNG and YWCA for the knowledge imparted to the women, and encouraged the women to take what they’ve learned back to their communities and share with other young women and men.

ExxonMobil PNG recognises the important role that youth development programmes have in PNG’s development.

In addition to investments in youth, ExxonMobil PNG’s focus also includes women’s empowerment initiatives.

“Through our partnership with YWCA PNG we are contributing to the efforts that give women opportunities to develop leadership skills, and acquire mentoring support that inspires them to contribute positively to their communities,” said ExxonMobil PNG’s Operations Technical manager Melissa Bond.