Lady Winifred Kamit, CBE, PNG

Lady Winifred Kamit CBE
Photo caption: Lady Winifred Kamit CBE is working to improve economic outcomes for women in Papua New Guinea. Photo: Andrew Gavin, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Lady Winifred Kamit
Commander of the British Order, PNG

As a recipient of the Commander of the British Order (CBE), Lady Winifred Kamit, is using her position as a leader to bring about change to improve economic outcomes for other women in Papua New Guinea.
Lady Kamit has had a pioneering career in law, business and the public service, including as Commissioner of the Public Service Commission. She is founding Chairperson of the Coalition for Change and patron of the Papua New Guinea Business Coalition for Women.

In her position as a Senior Partner in Gadens Lawyers and board member for numerous businesses, Lady Kamit says she is sitting where she can help Papua New Guinea to develop a consciousness about domestic violence and workplace equality.

Lady Kamit says everyone, including government and private sector employers, needs to work together to create a work environment in which women can contribute and progress. “Because I am in the private sector, the balance sheet – the bottom line – is important,” says Lady Kamit. “It is well known that where there are women in the balance sheet, the return to shareholders is better.”

Excerpt from ‘Improving Economic Outcomes for Women’ report, Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Australian Government, 2014.