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Monday, August 21, 2017
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
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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 (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
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
Interview conducted by UN WOMEN with Two of Papua New Guinea's Newest Women Parliamentarians.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
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
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Friday, November 23, 2012
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, September 03, 2012
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...
Monday, August 06, 2012
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...
Tuesday, July 03, 2012
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...
Thursday, June 28, 2012
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
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...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
The effort to increase women’s representation was taken off the table after it ran into political opposition. It is due to be introduced next session, but scheduled repairs to parliament house mean sittings may be delayed . To read the...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
A politician in the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, Elizabeth Burain says special women’s seats in parliament have helped change attitudes and represent a victory for women. Ms Burain was elected last year to one of...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
  Women need party support in PNG   18 APRIL 2012 PORT MORESBY (NBC) ---- Lack of support from political parties has always remained a major challenge for women candidates who wish to contest national elections in Papua New Guinea...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
An historic event occurred in Port Moresby this week, when 58 women who are considering running in the 2012 National elections came together to participate in the first ever Practice Parliament for Women held in Papua New Guinea. We invite you to...
Friday, October 28, 2011
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This event will bring together 100-150 activists- women lawyers, academics,...
Friday, October 28, 2011
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The APFF will bring together women activists, lawyers, academics, advocates and...
Thursday, March 03, 2011
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, Oxfam Australia is will be showing film series about women impacted by climate change on the big screen at Federation Square on 7th and 8th of March every hour from 11am to 5pm....
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Delegates submissions, some reportage, and photos from the PIF SPC Women In Politics conference, Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 2006.
Friday, March 27, 2009
This publication is divided into 10 chapters. Chapter 1 introduces and provides an overview of the indicators that have been developed and applied to assess CEDAW legislative compliance in the 9 Pacific Island countries. National constitutions and...
Friday, March 27, 2009
This book looks at methodologies for time use surveys in developing countries, especially the Pacific and the importance of unpaid care work.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
This is a quick guide to campaigning for Pacific women. It features case studies of Pacific women who have stood for national elections in their respective countries. In these case studies, they share practical tips for campaigning, their struggles...
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Within two months after setting up office, the United Nations Development Fund for Women’s (UNIFEM) Gender Equality in Political Governance Programme (GEPG) in the Pacific has already started making waves. UNIFEM’s GEPG Programme is a 5 year...
Thursday, September 18, 2008
This report provides an overview of the issues and trends that emerged from mapping studies on aid effectiveness, gender equality and women’s empowerment in Indonesia, Nepal and Papua New Guinea. The studies sought to provide data on the extent to...
Friday, June 27, 2008
This guide is the first of its kind to provide an overview of the current range of local representative arrangements and electoral systems in Asia and the Pacific. This easy-to-use guide will assist country offices/teams and government partners as...
Saturday, December 08, 2007
This report is a synthesis of the workshop ‘Towards Liberating Democracy: Devolution of Power Matters’ (Bangkok, Thailand, 2007). The workshop drew on experiences from Aceh, Mindanao, West Papua and southern Thailand to address the nexus between...
Friday, September 28, 2007
This report reviews the factors that enable and constrain the advancement of women's political representation in the Pacific region countries. The report consists of five parts that discuss the impact of electoral systems on women's representation...