Papua New Guinea to debate historic bill for women ? report

by Thin Lei Win | @thinink | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Friday, 9 September 2011 11:45 GMT

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As reported by ABC News

Papua New Guinea’s parliament is to debate a bill to reserve 22 seats for females in the male-dominated parliament, Australia’s ABC News reported.

The bill had been on the previous government's agenda since 2007 but new Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has now made it a priority, calling the parliament to pass it before next year’s elections, the report said.

Currently there is only one female parliament member, community development minister Dame Carol Kidu, representing less than 1 percent of the 109-member strong parliament.

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