2 Nov 2004

Call for affirmative action to ensure more women elected to PNG parliament

5:03 pm on 2 November 2004

The only-woman member of PNG's Parliament has called for the current regional seats to be reserved for women.

The MInister for Community Development, Lady Carol Kidu, told a fund raising dinner that she felt it was shameful that she was the only female representative.

She said her party, the Melanesian Alliance, believed that PNG cannot wait for women in Parliament to be elected by the electoral process and that it was time for affirmative action.

She told the dinner the the party's preferred choice was for the 20 regional seats to be reserved for women so that there would automatically have 20 female MPS.