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‘My Walk to Equality’: First ever collection of PNG women’s writing

Internationalwomensday 2017MEDIA RELEASE

FEMALE writers and artists in Papua New Guinea are being invited to submit original writing and artwork for inclusion in a first ever collection of women’s writing and illustration to be published on International Women’s Day 2017, Wednesday 8 March.

“The theme of ‘My Walk to Equality’ is drawn from one of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which PNG is working towards achieving,” said project organiser and editor of the collection, Rashmii Bell.

“Papua New Guinean women are invited to submit writing or artwork that depicts how they have been contributing to reducing the various forms of inequalities that exist in PNG society,” she said.

“It is important that the women of PNG are recognised as active participants to creating positive change. Recording this in a book is a way to ensure that their contributions are documented for all to read, today and in the future.”

Ms Bell encourages women from both urban centres and rural areas of PNG to become involved in the project.

“We hope that all PNG women will take this opportunity to demonstrate, through words and illustrations, how capable they are in addressing inequality in PNG,” she said.

Written submissions may include essays, short stories, articles, poetry and illustrations.

The anthology will be published by Pukpuk Publications, a not-for-profit publisher dedicated to supporting and promoting PNG-authored literature. Pukpuk Publications has published and distributed nearly 40 titles by Papua New Guinean authors in recent years.


Only Papua New Guinean women are eligible to submit contributions.

Word limit 1,000 words maximum. Must be author’s original work and not published elsewhere.

Authors need to include name; date of birth; postal address; a brief personal profile; and a JPG photo.

Submissions close on 31 December 2016.

Further information

Contact Rashmii Bell at [email protected]


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