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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 representation. According to the newspaper, The National,...
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 (ANU) College of Asia and the Pacific, committing...
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 Development Delilah Gore was the last woman in...
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 and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). UN Women...
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 communities where they are inspiring role models....
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. Protecting many such wrongly accused women is human...
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 participation of women in politics and ensure long-term...
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 been raised that the reserved seats act as a...
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 provinces recently created in the southern and western...
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 country, including violence that is perpetrated within...
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 group does should be credited for the breakthrough....
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, parliament passed a bill to set up 22 reserved seats...
Monday, September 03, 2012
Papua New Guinea: Poet and firebrand finds herself in good company
Yesterday Loujaya Toni MP - gardener, teacher, poet, singer, journalist, mother, wife and (judging by a lively phone interview) political firebrand - was in the Cook Islands, where she was to be welcomed into the fold by some rather more experienced female political operators: US Secretary of State...
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 female candidate in this election for the Triumph...
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Papua New Guinea: One woman defies the man's world of PNG
Photo credit: Hamish McDonald The family ties help, and Ms Parua has returned usually three times a year to the home she keeps in her village, but she is denigrated by some of her rivals for being an inconsequential woman. ''They say women don't stand up in a sing-sing place and speak out on...
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 game in PNG and less than four per cent of the 3,...