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Rufina Peter has been elected governor of Papua New Guinea’s Centra Province in the 2022 national elections. Photograph: Rufina Peters/Facebook
Monday, August 08, 2022
Shouldering the weight of four million women: PNG elects its first female MP in a decade
Rufina Peter is just the eighth woman elected in Papua New Guinea. But the economist has been battling for her place in society since she was a child. The celebrations when news broke that Rufina Peter had been elected governor of Papua New Guinea’s...
A woman queues to vote on the Rai coast in Madang, Papua New Guinea. Female candidate Kessy Sawang says: ‘Women shy away from running for elections because of this mindset that it is for men only.’ Photograph: Godfreeman Kaptigau/The Guardian
Tuesday, August 02, 2022
‘Enough is enough’: the fight to elect women to Papua New Guinea’s men-only parliament
In nearly 50 years, PNG has elected just seven female MPs. Money, culture and corruption are all working against the women trying to address the problem. When she first tried for a seat in the Papua New Guinea parliament in 2017, Rufina Peter was a...
Women are fighting to get at least one seat in Papua New Guinea's male-dominated parliament when voting opens in a country scarred by gender-based violence Saeed KHAN AFP/File
Monday, July 04, 2022
Women battle for seats in PNG parliament
Port Moresby (AFP) – Women are fighting to get at least one seat in Papua New Guinea's male-dominated parliament when voting opens Monday in a mountainous, forest-clad land scarred by gender-based violence. Prime Minister James Marape is fending off...
Provincial Logistics Assistants attending a pre-election workshop in Port Moresby Photo: Supplied (RNZ)
Wednesday, June 15, 2022
PNG elections: Female candidates "young and determined"
Election campaigning is underway in Papua New Guinea with strong participation from women who are "young and determined". Although there are 86 women candidates standing in this year's elections compared with 167 in 2017, campaigners are pushing for...
A polling station in Kokopo, East New Britain province, Papua New Guinea, during the 2012 national election (Alexander Rheeney/AFP/GettyImages)
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Where are the women? The challenge facing the next PNG parliament
A country ranking among the world’s lowest for political participation by women has enormous social bias to overcome. Papua New Guinea is about to issue the writs for its national elections to formally start a campaign that will culminate with two...
Podcast series: Women in politics in PNG - Credits: Lowy Institute
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Podcast series: Women in politics in PNG
In this special Women in Politics series for the Australia-PNG Network, the Lowy Institute's Jessica Collins sits down with prominent women from Papua New Guinea to discuss the deep-seated challenge of women’s political representation in Papua New...
Papua New Guinea: No reserved seats for women (© The National)
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Papua New Guinea: No reserved seats for women
The plan to have five regional seats reserved for women beginning in the general election this year has been shelved, a senior government official told a parliamentary committee yesterday. Ivan Pomaleu, the secretary to the Department of Prime...
Political leadership in PNG: women parliamentarians in the 2017 election. Credits: (The Commonwealth/Flickr/Devpolicy)
Wednesday, January 26, 2022
Political leadership in PNG: women parliamentarians in the elections
The three women parliamentarians who were elected in the 2012 Papua New Guinea (PNG) election failed to win re-election in the 2017 general election. Their electoral defeats only deepen the concern for gender representation in parliament. However,...
Women’s political participation and representation - Training Manual - registry of political parties
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Women’s political participation and representation - Training Manual
This Handbook has been developed as publication by register of Political Parties with support from the Papua New Guinea Election Commission and the United Nations Development Programme in Papua New Guinea. This is part of UN Women Make the Change...
2021 Southern Region Workshop on Women’s Political Participation. Credits: Papua New Guinea
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
In Papua New Guinea, women are making the change
In many parts of Papua New Guinea, fear of violence and harassment has caused a set back to the lives and small businesses of many women, but new candidates who now intend to enter politics aim to change this for the better. “People within the...
More women MPs needed in the Parliament of Papua New Guinea - copyright: Loop
Monday, January 10, 2022
More women MPs needed in the Parliament of Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea (PNG) is one of only five countries in the world that have no female members of Parliament (alongside Yemen, Qatar, Micronesia, Vanuatu) and is below the global average of 23% female representation in Parliament. According to the...
Monday, October 05, 2020
'She set the benchmark': trailblazing PNG politician Nahau Rooney dies, aged 75
Hardworking, audacious, occasionally controversial, but always vivacious: one of Papua New Guinea’s political pioneers, Nahau Rooney, has been remembered as a trailblazer for PNG women in power following her death on 15 September, aged 75. In 1977,...
Monday, September 14, 2020
Rare win for a woman in Bougainville election
A 29 year old has become just the second woman to win an open seat in the Bougainville parliament. Theonila Roka Matbob's Ioro constituency in central Bougainville includes the Panguna mine within its boundaries. The university graduate, who is a...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Violence against women in elections in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville: An IFES assessment
Violence against women in politics is a substantial threat to the integrity of the electoral process, affecting women’s participation as voters, candidates, election officials, activists and political party leaders and undermining free, fair and...
Friday, June 07, 2019
Violence against women in elections in Papua New Guinea: An IFES assessment
Violence against women in politics is a substantial threat to the integrity of the electoral process, affecting women’s participation as voters, candidates, election officials, activists and political party leaders and undermining free, fair and...
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 (...

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