Women in politics

Women urged to support each other

In a panel discussion during the Business and Professional Women’s club breakfast last week, women were urged to support one another in order to succeed in elections.

Ruth Undi, the Founder and President of Mama-Halipim-Mama Inc, said as a businesswoman, funding is not the problem.

She echoed that women must start networking with one another if they plan to stand for the 2022 general elections.

“You have to build your foundation; you have to connect with other sisters if you want to stand for election,” Undi stated.

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Gamato apologises to late Kalpa’s families

Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato has conveyed apologies to the immediate family, relatives and friends of the late Peter Kalpa, who was the initial appointed and gazetted Returning Officer for Gumine.



Woman candidate speaks of challenges

Woman candidate speaks of challenges

She was the highest polling woman candidate, with 33,221 votes, placing her in third place.

Speaking in a joint conference between the United Nations Development Programme, the Registrar of Political Parties and the Ombudsman Commission, Ms Peter said there were four main challenges for woman candidates in PNG.

First was the perception of many Papua New Guineans that politics is a man’s world and that all women are ill-equipped to be effective political leaders.

Weiang optimistic in upcoming elections

Weiang shared this sentiment after attending week long PNG Practice Parliament Session for Women 2017 recently.

 Weiang, a law graduate with a colourful private sector experience will bring with her many skills in business into the world of PNG politics as elections nears this year.

The PNG Practice Parliament Session for Women 2017 was conducted by UNDP, the National Parliament and the Office of Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates.

Women in Politics meet in Samoa

The aim of the roundtables is to inform voters regarding the candidates and the electoral process. The first show, with women candidates, will be aired on TV3 at 8:30pm tonight, and also next Sunday, February 28. 

Leasiolagi Dr. Meleisea Malama Meleisea, Director of CSS, facilitated the discussion between the four panel guests: Fiso Evelini Taupa'u Fa'amoe, Aiolupotea Ta'atiti Visekota Peteru, Pulemagafa Toleafoa Ulugia Mara Coffin Hunter and Her Highness Masiofo Filifilia Tamasese.

Soso encourages support for intending women candidates


Speaking on the Tanim Graun panel this month, Soso said women bring the qualities of a mother to the task of service delivery.

“We need to have more women in parliament, and we need to have more women in the public administration positions at the senior levels.

“We need more women up there because women - we are transparent, we are accountable, and we believe in good governance, and that’s what our nation needs,” said Soso.

Soso said women in parliament are like mothers who always manage to feed extra guests from their cooking pot.