Papua New Guinea's Community Development Minister says there are encouraging signs that women's leadership is being increasingly recognised throughout the country.
Delilah Gore has recently returned from attending an Asia Pacific Women Ministers and Parliamentarians Conference in Manila, where gender equality was a prime focus.
Ms Gore, who is one of only three female MPs in PNG's 111-seat parliament, says there could be more females in the house if they are resourced as adequately as males in election campaigns.
But she says there is progress in the way women are putting up their hands and demonstrating leadership.
"We are working towards seeing more women coming to parliament, and also with the big number increasing of women coming into a lot of CEO positions and in the departments and all this. It's an indication that leaderhips of women is now being reconised and we can participate equally with our male colleagues."