UN calls for more female representatives in PNG Parliament

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24 April 2012
David McLachlan-Karr (PACENEWS)
David McLachlan-Karr (PACENEWS)

David McLachlan-Karr Papua New Guinea needs equal representation in Parliament to allow for development which will benefit communities, United Nations resident coordinator David McLachlan-Karr said. He said PNG was one of the Pacific Island countries that had the lowest level of women’s representation, with less than 4% collectively. McLachlan-Karr was speaking to women candidates yesterday at the practise parliament training in Port Moresby.

 “The need to have equal voices in decision-making and is a big task but is beneficial to all,” he said. “About 15% of women in PNG vote in national elections. That indicates the low level of women participation in national interest which is not pro-development.” The UN is organising a training workshop for intending women candidates where they are taught and trained on the key parliamentary procedures and policies.

The training aims to prepare the women when they get into Parliament. “The practise parliament workshop hoped to raise awareness among the general public as well as with government about the value of having equal representation of men and women in important decision-making roles,” McLachlan-Karr said. “It is hoped to address your concerns by specifically training you on how you can use parliamentary processes to take forward key national development issues.” He said the UN was ready to support giving equal opportunities to women in the country.


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