Abt Associates on-board to support women’s literature

The Crocodile Prize – PNG’s national literary contest – has announced entries are now open for the Abt Associates Award for Women’s Literature.

Abt has committed K20,000 to the 2019 Crocodile Prize, having also supported the initiative in previous years.

Geoff Scahill, Abt’s Vice President – Program Delivery, said the Award for Women’s Literature will be given for the most outstanding piece of writing that reflects the distinct experiences of women in PNG.

“We are pleased to support this great initiative, which gives a voice to the diverse perspectives of Papua New Guineans,” he said.

“Abt is a strong advocate for empowerment and equity for all women – this goal is at the heart of our activities in Papua New Guinea and around the world.

“The Award for Women’s Literature fits our PNG-grown vision: Skelim Pawa, Stretim Pasin – Shared Power, Aligned Actions.

“We are committed to supporting to Papua New Guinean organisations and individuals, be it through the Crocodile Prize, the Medical Society of PNG or the Lik Lik Skul Foundation.”

The generous support from Abt will see the eventual winner receive K5,000 prize money and – most importantly – outstanding entries will be immortalised in the Crocodile Prize anthology, which will be published and distributed throughout the country.

Abt has a deep association with Papua New Guinea that began two decades ago with the specialist delivery of health services.

Today, Abt’s works covers health, leadership development, decentralisation, citizen engagement, economic governance and inclusive growth.

This supports security, stability and basic service delivery for all Papua New Guineans.

Entries to the Award for Women’s Literature are open to all Papua New Guinean women and writing styles may cover short stories, essays, journalism and poetry.

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