Dispense with gender double standard, says PNG candidate

3:24 pm on 26 June 2017

A Papua New Guinea election candidate says it's time to dispense with the double standard over gender in leadership.

Rigo Open candidate Gima Kepi.

Rigo Open candidate Gima Kepi. Photo: RNZI/ Johnny Blades

Gima Kepi is contesting in the Rigo Open district where she says women like her are acknowledged as leaders in their local communities.

This year there are a record 167 women among the total number of 3340 candidates.

But Ms Kepi said, in general in PNG, women candidates are often challenged in a way that male candidates aren't.

"There is a general perception that there is a double standard there. But I believe if we are given opportunities to get in there, then we prove ourselves... I mean how long do we have to prove ourselves? What more do we need to prove ourselves that we are capable of running our districts and this nation."

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