2017 PNG Women Candidates Forum: Outcomes Statement

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A National Forum on Women Candidates’ Participation in the 2017 PNG Election was organised by UNDP-PNG on 17 and 18 August 2017. Close to 50 participants attended the Forum, including 6 women candidates who contested the 2017 National Elections. The objective of the Forum was to gather views on how best to address the reality that no women were elected during the June 2017 general elections to sit in the 10th Parliament of PNG. The Forum provided an opportunity for participants to reflect upon the conduct of the recent elections, in order to assess what strategies and approaches worked and did not work so well for women candidates, as well as to propose innovative activities that could be implemented over the coming five years to ensure women’s presence in the national parliament after the 2022 elections. This Outcomes Statement was endorsed by participants as a summary of their most critical recommendations.