With training in full swing for their debut at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the Papua New Guinea U-20 Women’s team have made the most of their moment centre stage by joining UN Women in the launch of their campaign #SANAPWANTAIM: the New Normal.

Led by Captain Yvonne Gabong, the team stood together with Hip Hop sensation and newly appointed UN Women Youth Champion Jay Lieasi to announce their vision of new normal in the city of Port Moresby.

“There was no question about our bringing our entire team to support this campaign,” said Gabong.

“Women’s equality is something we all feel extremely passionately about. There is a new normal growing in our country: one where women will be safe to walk by themselves, and live their dreams. We want to be a part of that – we want to be part of the positive force that is driving forward women and girls.

“This is our future!”

UN Women Papua New Guinea Representative Dr. Jeffery Buchanan is confident that having the inspiring young leaders involved will strengthen the campaign and further encourage women to stand together.

“Dynamic, determined young women like Yvonne and her teammates are important role models for young women and men everywhere. They demonstrate the power of standing together. They understand the strength a team carries in overcoming challenges,” he said.

Governor of Port Moresby the Honorable Powes Parkop is proud to have the team as champions of the campaign, believing that improving gender equality and the treatment of women is critical for the future of Papua New Guinea.

“Peace is indispensable to the wellbeing and prosperity of our nation at a personal and community level,” he said.

“Women are half the country and when they are able to live and fulfil their dreams in safety, we can have quality lives and secure a prosperous future. Women’s rights are human rights. To be free of violence, fear and harassment is a constitutional right of all not just a goal for women and girls.

“Let us take action today to bring back peace in our city, in our streets, in our homes and in our country!”

The PNG U-20 Women’s team is currently in New Zealand for their last training games before their first match of the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup on 13 November.

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