14 Jul 2009

Three PNG women chosen to be MPs come out to support motion

10:36 am on 14 July 2009

The three women chosen by Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister to be voted in as parliament MPs have for the first time come out to publicly support the motion.

They are a former teacher, premier of Morobe and former commissioner of the Girl Guides, Enny Moaitz, a former educator and the head of Caritas, Mary Toliman, and a former journalist and woman advocate, Priscilla Kare.

The paper, the Post Courier reports the three say they are supported and endorsed by women's organisations, and strongly believe in making a positive difference in the advancement of women.

The Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has supported the plan of having reserved seats for women in parliament because voters only chose a single woman MP in the last election.

The motion is expected to be introduced by Sir Michael in this month's parliamentary session.