WIMAP Program


With global attention on women’s empowerment, resource companies are increasingly focusing their efforts on women as effective agents for change and community development.  Acknowledging the significant role that women play in the development of their families and communities, the Chamber has highlighted the urgent need to address the training needs of women in basic skills which will enable them to participate in a meaningful way in the benefits and opportunities provided by the resource developments taking place in their communities.

From August 2008 to June 2010, the Chamber managed the Women in Mining and Petroleum Project (WIMAP) entitled, “Self Reliance Programs for Women in Remote Mining Locations” that was funded by the Japan Social Development Fund (JSDF) through the auspices of the World Bank.  This project, through a range of training and extension programs, improved the capacity of women’s associations in areas impacted by the various resource projects throughout the country and upgraded the skills of individual women.  The project involved six key programs:

  1. Adult literacy and numeracy training
  2. Life skills/income generation training
  3. Agriculture training/fish farming
  4. Village health volunteer training
  5. Governance and institutional capacity building of women’s groups and associations
  6. Family life improvement training

Following the success of this project, the Chamber established a permanent WIMAP program to provide advice and support for members on women’s organisations and on training programs that assist women in the footprint areas of mining and petroleum developments.

In 2011, the WIMAP team commenced a program for ExxonMobil to benefit the women in the extensive footprint of the PNGLNG project.  The first component of the project was aimed at providing economic empowerment for women in the LNG plant-site villages of Boera, Lea Lea, Porebada and Papa.  Further components have involved the women in the upstream part of the LNG project including the pipeline route.  This project will be completed in July, 2015.

In July 2013, the Chamber was successful in obtaining a second, much larger, four-year JSDF project which for the first time includes training for the women of Bougainville particularly those around Panguna.  The project, titled “Social and Economic Empowerment for Women in Mining and Petroleum Areas” is also managed through the World Bank.

 The key training programs for the second JSDF project include:

  1. Adult literacy and numeracy training
  2. Micro-business development training
  3. Capacity building training for adolescent girls
  4. Training for women in the artisanal mining sector

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