Writer calls for PNG to embrace gender equality

10:03 am on 23 March 2017

A contributor to a new anthology of literature by Papua New Guinea women says the country needs to start embracing gender equality.

Women carry wood in the town of Kerema, Papua New Guinea

Women carry wood in the town of Kerema, Papua New Guinea Photo: ARIS MESSINIS / AFP

My Walk to Equality was launched this month in PNG and Australia, featuring poetry, fiction and essays written by 45 PNG women.

One of the contributors is Elvina Ogil, an Australia-based lawyer and writer who hails from PNG's Mt Hagen.

Ms Ogil, who wrote the foreword to this milestone publication, said women's successes in PNG were still attributed to a male reference point.

"And we wanted to make this (the anthology) something completely our own, to remove that male reference point. And I think that we've succeeded, really. It is really a breakthrough. Mind you, literature is still very under-developed in PNG, and that's quite a sad fact considering the types of stories that we have in that country," Elvina Ogil said.

"My Walk to Equality" is published by Pukpuk Publications, and edited by Rashmii Amoah Bell

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