Papua New Guinea: One woman defies the man's world of PNG

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Papua New Guinea: One woman defies the man's world of PNG

Candidate Margareth Tini Parua.

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 behalf of the clan or tribe, and therefore women can't stand up and speak for us in Parliament,'' she said.

Her campaign seeks a way around this. ''On the campaign trail my brothers - from the clan and the tribe we call each other brothers and sisters - say mothers are good managers of the home so why don't you vote for Margareth?'' Ms Parua said.

''A mother knows how to manage a home, it starts from home, so if you can manage your home, you go out, the basic understanding and expectation is the mother will manage whatever else she touches.''

Read the complete story at The Sydney Morning Herald, published 1 July 2012.
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