Raising the status of women in Papua New Guinea

By PNG Echo.

Was she joking?

The current three female MPs. in PNG parliament.
The current three female MPs. in PNG parliament.

She said that she didn’t think political parties should be forced, by law, to drag women into parliament against their will. It conjures up pictures of cave men dragging women screaming by the hair into the Haus Tambaran à la Fred Flintstone.

Delilah Gore, Honourable Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development and Member of Parliament for Sohe, was commenting on proposed legislative changes before Parliament that would require political parties to ensure that 10 per cent of their candidates endorsed for national elections were women.

Does she really think that there aren’t any capable and willing women in the community that would and should jump at the chance and, should that not be the case, force would be applied?

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Tuberculosis: I hate to say it but… “I told you so…it was a no brainer”

By PNG Echo

Beautiful Tapini in the Central Province where Tuberculosis is rampant and the incidence increasing
Beautiful Tapini in the Central Province where Tuberculosis is rampant and the incidence increasing

This writer is a non-medical, interested observer, of Tuberculosis (TB) who, having been expertly informed by leading global medicos and researchers (as an invited fellow of the National Press Foundation to the World Conference on Lung Health 2012 in Kuala Lumpur) and who having witnessed, first hand, its devastation in the district of Goilala, Central Province, has been been writing about it ever since.

In particular, I have bothered, cajoled, shamed (tried to) and bullied everyone and anyone I could with the purpose of getting a ‘GeneXpert’ diagnostic machine for the remote clinic in Tapini, Goilala in the Central Province.

It’s been to absolutely no avail.

Heartache by the (increasing) number

On reading in Post Courier (1 September, 2014) that:

Tubeculosis (sic) cases in Central Province are on the rise,

my frustration has become palpable.

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