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Lesley Bennett

Lesley is a program manager and community development practitioner specializing in the design and delivery of targeted multi-sectoral programs in remote communities. With over 15 years in grassroots community development in rural Papua New Guinea. Lesley shares her experiences from her most recent role as manager of a 9  year capacity building program targeting women in remote mining communities who overcome insurmountable challenges to acquire, share and transfer skills and knowledge and who use the skills to improve their own lives and transform communities.

Extending to include women and communities from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, the successes of the program are replicated in other regions of the world including Romania, Uganda, Tanzania and Poland. 

In 2017 Lesley represented her electorate as one of very few women who stood for the PNG national general elections.

Lesley has represented PNG advocating for equal opportunities for women at various global events in Nairobi Kenya, Vancouver Canada, Washington DC, Honiara Solomon Islands, Suva Fiji and Australia.

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