The dearth of women in the Papua New Guinea House of Assembly has convinced the Somare government that it should move to appoint female representatives to the National Parliament. The Minister for Home Affairs and Youth, Dame Carol Kidu, is the only elected woman in the Parliament.
Western Highlands Provincial Executive Council member, Helen Kopunye, said this was welcome news for all PNG women in the country. Mrs Kopunye also proposed that the 19 provincial seats be abolished and given to women in the 19 provinces. She said both East Timor and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville had women representation in parliament allowed by their constitution and PNG should apply the same principle.