Why more young women are body building

She says: "I was a size zero. I wanted to actually have that curvy figure and that's why I got into training."

She thinks the trend started in America on social media.

"I think for girls, lifting weights feel good.

"Now they've got empowerment - they don't need a man for money.

"It feels good to walk into that gym, to walk into a weight room and curl more than a guy"

"Some people see it as a bit of self-obsession but I'd say it's the complete opposite.

Women 'nearing equality with men - in alcohol consumption'

The analysis of 4 million people, born between 1891 and 2001, showed that men used to be far more likely to drink and have resulting health problems.

But the current generation have pretty much closed the gap, the BMJ Open report says.

The changing roles of men and women in society partly explain the move towards boozing parity.

The study showed that in people born in the early 1900s, men were:

More women in informal economy – Solomon

This is one of the key messages from Secretary for Community Development Youth and Religion, Anna Solomon.

Secretary Solomon made the call during her presentation on ‘The Importance of the Informal Sector’ at the Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council (CIMC) National Development Forum today.

She said the informal economy was a key propellant for development and that a more coordinated approach was needed by relevant authorities to promote the sector and more women participation in it.

It was stated that challenges facing the sector included:

Close to 200 policewomen engaged for FIFA World Cup

A three-day workshop that commenced on Monday at the Laguna Hotel has assigned 51 policewomen as Team Security Liaison Officers (TSLOs) to the 16 participating teams and 130 women police officers from other centres will be flown into Port Moresby to commence security operations at the end of this month.

 Four female officers have also been appointed to be venue commanders and will be stationed at the match venues.

UNDP encourages women participation in politics

The session aimed to support political parties in creating equal opportunities for participation of women and advise on effective gender equality mechanisms in the run up to 2017 National General Elections.

In 2016, the Pacific island countries as a region still have the lowest number of female parliamentarians in the world.

Papua New Guinea currently has three women MPs; Kiribati two; Tonga, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Nauru each have one, and the Federated States of Micronesia and Vanuatu currently have no women in Parliament. 

Women told to have faith during trials

The Wesleyan Church national women’s president Ruthy Herowa encouraged mothers and young women to never lose hope when faced with problems.

Herowa is part of the PNG Wesleyan Church Women Ministry (PNG WCWM) that is staging its 7th National Women’s Conference this week in Port Moresby with over 500 women in attendance.

Herowa said: “My encouragement to women in PNG is that whatever situation we go through in our marriage lives, be joyful always.

“You may ask, how can we feel joy when we go through a divorce, abuse, neglected or violence in life?

New car sparks internet outrage

Car manufacturer SEAT and lifestyle publication Cosmopolitan are facing backlash over a brand new car for "women" that was jointly unveiled at Cosmopolitan's FashFest event in London on Friday.

The result of a collaboration between the manufacturer and the magazine, the SEAT Mii comes complete with jewel-effect rims, a handbag hook, and "eyeliner headlights" that are "emphasized in the same way as make-up emphasizes the eye," according to the manufacturer.

Women in Business Expo brings huge interest

Since the opening of the Women In Business Expo Trade Centre last Thursday, young women and mothers have flown in from all over the country to come in and showcase their handmade products.

These include soaps, shampoos, hand crafted jewelry, meri blouses, bags and caps made from bilums and materials, artifacts to flower arrangements, traditionally cooked delicacies and many more.

PNG Loop caught up with Agnes Kaupa from Eastern Highlands who specialises in flower arrangements for events and occasions.

Women in PNG still suffering from violence

WHY? and What we can do?

K2000 for North Fly policewomen

 Gazebo Club committee from Tabubil, Western Province, came on board the sponsorship band wagon to support the female officers with K2000 this week.

Gazebo Club president Akolo Kotange, when presenting the cheque to police representatives, acknowledged the hard work put in by the men and women in blue to protect the mining township.

“We the Gazebo Club committee, on behalf of our members, have donated K2000 to the policewomen in North Fly for them to attend the 9th policewomen’s conference in Lae,” Kotange said.