Cricket PNG (CPNG) celebrated International Women’s Day at the Bomana Corrective Institution on Wednesday 8th March, 2017.
In a joint venture with AFL PNG, CPNG’s Kriket Blo Olgeta (KBO) ventured out to Bomana Corrective Institution on the United Nations (UN) sanctioned International Women’s Day last Wednesday. The KBO Program gave the opportunity to the detainees and staff at the Bomana Corrective Institution an opportunity to play the game of cricket.
The official program started off with speeches from the officer in charge of the Female Wing, Ms Agnes Kunjil, followed by the Commander of Bomana Corrective Institution, Mr Vincent Kundi, before the participants got the opportunity to play some AFL and cricket.
Both Kunjil and Kundi were so grateful to AFL PNG Development and the KBO Program for commemorating the International Women’s Day with the female detainees at Bomana. They stated a number of times that these women are left out on such international and national events and even forgotten by the society and the country.
“We would like to thank you (CPNG and AFL PNG for this initiative as it will give the detainees a sense of belongingness and care from the society,” said Ms Agnes Kunjil.
A total of 30 female staff and detainees participated in the activities provided by AFL PNG. It was the first time that CPNG have conducted cricket programs inside the walls of the Bomana Corrective Institute.
“Everyone was all pumped and so full of energy to have an opportunity to hit some wickets and kick some footballs. The day was a huge success,” said CPNG KBO Coordinator, Susan Komang.
This year’s UN International Women’s Day theme was “Be Bold for Change”.
The KBO Program, which was launched in 2014 is an empowerment program that aims to boost confidence, self-esteem, build leadership traits. This program can help all members of society to contribute meaningfully and help build social cohesion.