#ChoosetoChallenge for the 2021 International Women’s Day

“You cannot protect the environment, unless you empower people. You inform them. And you help them understand that these resources are their own. That they must protect them.”

– Wangaru Maathai ( (Kenyan social, environmental, and political activist and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.)

At the Centre for Environmental Law & Community Rights Inc (CELCOR), we #ChoosetoChallenge the status quo of our male dominated society as environmental defenders and #ChoosetoChallenge our young Papua New Guinean women by showing them that women can achieve anything.

As an organization that has been in existence for the past twenty years, CECLOR has engaged more female staff as compared to the number of male employees, in its bank of expertise as its driving force in the fight for land, environment and human rights for the rural communities in PNG. CELCOR has assisted marginalized rural communities throughout PNG, through legal assistance and advocacy.  

At the helm of the women power at CELCOR are a dynamic group of lawyers, scientists, legal students, and support staff, that make up the ‘pawameris’ as a core program officers who carry out core functions within the organisation.

These mothers, wives, students, go the lengths and breadths of this land, to help our most rural communities understand their natural resource, human and environmental rights, fight for the voiceless in court and cross rivers, traverse forests, climb mountains, stomp through swamps, sail for hours in dug-out canoes or outboard motors, fly in single engine air crafts and travel long roads just to help our people to attain knowledge to defend their land and protect their rights as enshrined by our Mama Lo (PNG Constitution).

This International Women’s Day, we celebrate the powerful women of CELCOR and ask you to #ChoosetoChallenge to raise women’s voices in the fight for our land against non-sustainable development.

International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 to commemorate the cultural, political, and socioeconomic achievements of women. It is also a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence against women.

#ChoosetoChallenge #IWD2021

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