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Monday, April 16, 2018
Moving beyond now in women’s political representation in Papua New Guinea
By Michelle Nayahamui Rooney On 6 March 2018, PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill reportedly announced a shift from limited preferential voting (LPV) back to the first past the post voting (FPTP) system in PNG’s national elections. This announcement...
Monday, August 21, 2017
Papua New Guinea PM wants to push for more women MPs
Papua New Guinea's prime minister says he's looking to revive a proposal to reserve 22 seats in the country's parliament for women. No women were elected in recent elections, making Papua New Guinea one of the few countries with no female...
Friday, August 18, 2017
Partnership to support women's political participation in Papua New Guinea
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed in August 2017 by Dr Alphonse Gelu, Registrar of Political Parties and the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission, and Professor Michael Wesley, Dean of the Australian National University (...
Thursday, July 27, 2017
No female MPs in Papua New Guinea's new parliament
Not one of Papua New Guinea’s 111 MPs will be female when the 10th parliament sits next month despite a record number of women candidates standing in the country’s chaotic general election. One-term MP and Minister for Religion, Youth and Community...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Beijing +20 National Review, New Guinea
A one-day national consultation was held on 24 July 2014 in Port Moresby led by the Office of the Development of Women, Department for Community Development and Religion, with technical assistance from the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality...
Thursday, July 03, 2014
Inspiring women leaders star in PNG documentaries
"Pawa Meri" a new documentary series on inspiring PNG women gets launched this week in Goroka and Port Moresby   The Pawa Meri series directed by six film-makers from Papua New Guinea tells the stories of six women, leaders in their respective...
Wednesday, July 02, 2014
Fighting the spirits, to defend and protect, Papua New Guinea
Accusations of sorcery are widespread in the communities of the highlands in Papua New Guinea. Often for deaths or illness, for theft or accident, the cause is believed to be sorcery, with the villain more often than not being allegedly a woman....
Monday, March 17, 2014
Pacific countries still low for gender equality in politics
More work needs to be done post-elections in the Pacific to ensure Pacific countries do not remain at the bottom globally for gender equality in politics.   The Fiji Women's Forum says more work needs to be done in the Pacific to boost the...
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Women's representation and the use of reserved seats in Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
The Autonomous Region of Bougainville currently has the Pacific’s only parliamentary reserved seats for women system. While the system guarantees a minimum level of representation for women in the Bougainville House of Representatives, concerns have...
Monday, October 28, 2013
Papua New Guinea - Country gender assessment for the period 2011-2012
Papua New Guinea (PNG) became independent in 1976 as a constitutional parliamentary democracy. The country has four regions (Highlands, Islands, Momase and Southern) and 21 provinces including the autonomous region of Bougainville and two new...
Monday, October 28, 2013
Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo
The present report contains the findings of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, following her visit to Papua New Guinea. The Special Rapporteur examines the situation of violence against women in the...
Friday, September 06, 2013
Time for Women: An Interview with Two of Papua New Guinea's Newest Women Parliamentarians
Interview conducted by UN WOMEN with Two of Papua New Guinea's Newest Women Parliamentarians.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Women’s group in Papua New Guinea still fighting for better representation
A women’s group in Papua New Guinea says having three women in Parliament is a victory, but there is an ongoing struggle to have allocated seats. Susan Setae, the Executive Officer of Papua Hahine Social Action Forum, says the awareness work the...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Friday, November 23, 2012
Papua New Guinea: PNG women MPs defer support for reserved seats
Papua New Guinea’s three women MPs have ruled out supporting legislation for reserved seats for women. And a prominent supporter of the legislation says the debate over women’s seats may have served its purpose. Megan Whelan has more. Last year,...
Monday, August 06, 2012
Papua New Guinea: Third woman wins seat in PNG’s parliament
Papua New Guinea has three female MPs after Julie Soso won the Eastern Highlands Regional seat in the general election. Ms Soso becomes PNG’s first woman MP from the Highlands Region and the second ever female governor. It’s the second successful...
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Papua New Guinea: Hopes PNG polls will boost female MPs
Voting in Papua New Guinea's general election kicks off this weekend and a record number of candidates are hoping to win a seat in the country's parliament.   Hopes PNG polls will boost female MPs (Credit: ABC)  But politics is a man's...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
PNG Leaders Seek Ways For More Women To Be Made MPs
Political leaders in Papua New Guinea are looking at measures to get more women elected to Parliament. In the latest election just one woman, Dame Carol Kidu, who has been a member for the previous two terms, got in. To read the full...