Bougainville: Women Play Role In Peace Process
According to the Center for Democratic Institution, women in the autonomous
Below is an article published by the National:
This was revealed at the 9th annual Centre for Democratic Institution (CDI) in Goroka yesterday [12 December 2007] by Deputy speaker of the Autonomous Bougainville Parliament and women’s representative of the
She said [they started] to gain respect from their male counterparts [as] they played major roles in the peace process and conflict resolutions.
Ms Semoso during her presentation on the “roles of women in the Bougainville peace process” said although women are highly respected in
She said they were denied basic rights to medical treatments, education and other related rights but struggled determinedly for peace.
“I salute the women of
Mr Itta said all the money given to them by donor agencies and the Government of PNG [
Mr Itta said they were taking a bottom- up planning approach and are addressing issues from the bottom to the top which looks promising. He said that the women were good managers in their matrilineal society adding that they give fair representation to them.
“We have three women MPs in the Autonomous Bougainville Government House of Representatives. They are Ms Semoso (North Bougainville), Magdalene Toroansi (Central Bougainville) and Laura Amba (
They are among 37 male MPs,” he said. Mr Itta said the three seats were for the women but any women can contest the 37 other seats during elections.He said that gender equity was an integral and important part of ABG [Autonomous Bougainville Government].