GARY JUFFA | Asia Pacific Report
PORT MORESBY - “O arise all you sons of this land”… here was perhaps one of the problems to progress in Papua New Guinea as we celebrated 42 years of independence yesterday.
Why have we not included the daughters of this land in our national anthem? How have we totally forgotten about them in the most important task of nation building?
Surely they too should rise and build this nation too since it is just as much theirs as it is that of the sons.
Yes that’s correct … our daughters should have the right to rise up for this land and be accorded the dignity and honour of being recognised for their efforts.
I believe we have set a negative psychological platform for Papua New Guinea’s development by excluding a significant segment of the hardest working and most intelligent people in our communities – our womenfolk.
Some will argue they are truly the hardworking segment of our community.
Leadership and nation building should not just be restricted to menfolk. It should be based on someone’s passion, willingness and ability to deliver.
It’s absurd and foolish to exclude the daughters of this land and we do it every time when we stand up and sing our anthem.
Out of a total of 3,332 candidates in PNG’s general election this year, 165 were women — 30 more than in the last election in 2012. None was elected to Parliament.