ORO PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT
Mr Juffa said that every provincial governor and member of parliament actively supported sports development but focused on sports dominated by men.
He admitted that Oro had also fallen into this trend and pledged to correct the efforts he was making to ensure fairness and equity in supporting and promoting women’s sports.
“Oro has embarked on using sport as a platform to engage with youth and discourage social negativities such as violence, drug and substance abuse,” Mr Juffa said.
“This effort has seen the revival of the Rugby League Association in Oro and the creation of the Oro Football Club and its engagement in the nation’s highest competition, the National Soccer League.
“Plans are in place for a gymnasium and facilities for martial arts and boxing to be built this year,” Mr Juffa said.
The Governor also indicated that he would like to revive netball, women’s soccer and athletics in the Province as an avenue to contribute to the positive social development of the people.
“Sport in any society is vital for development,” Mr Juffa said. “We hear often of sports being promoted and sponsored all over PNG. But these are often male-centric. It is very much a form of chauvinism.
“Very little is being done to promote women’s sports. I am ashamed to say we have ignored this vital area of social development.
“Women are the true backbone of any economy, their effectiveness in society in Papua New Guinea is never truly appreciated.”
Governor Juffa stated he would ensure that Oro Province developed plans to allow for greater participation by women in sport and vowed to build facilities for women’s sports.