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Tue, 08 March, 2016

IWD: Stories for Gender Parity

Today is International Women’s Day (IWD). The 2016 theme is ‘Pledge for Parity’; everyone is encouraged to take a concrete step today to help achieve gender parity and safety for all women in our communities. We are starting the day by revisiting important Stella Magazine posts on gender parity in Pacific politics and society, on ending violence against Pacific women, and on maternal health in our region. Educate yourself, share the knowledge, take action.


And watch this space for more stories on gender parity in our region soon.


Pacific Women’s Empowerment through Sport

The struggle for the safety and equality of females remains one of the central human rights causes globally. In the Pacific, equality educators are using grassroots sports programs to empower girls and women, instill healthy lifestyles, and spread messages encouraging people to change the existing culture of violence. 



The Launch of Senisim Pasin

On Wednesday 9 December, the eve of Human Rights Day, the PNG Tribal Foundation would chose to launch one of the most powerful documentaries ever to come from Papua New Guinea. 'Senisim Pasin' provides a very personal and often confronting look into the lives of Papua New Guinean women, and also men, whose lives have been affected by gender-based violence.



The Yumi Kirapim Senis Initiative

Using the medium of film and photography, the Yumi Kirapim Senis program aims to highlight stories of gender-based violence, violence against children and issues relating to sorcery and tribal warfare, among many others. ‘The Yumi Kirapim Senis Initiative’ is a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP), the Department for Community Development and Religion, the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).



Pride of Papua New Guinea Awards 2015

“Here we have the women pioneers, boundary breakers, visionaries. Caring hearts in creative hands,” said Chairman of CPL Group Mahesh Patel, as he welcomed guests to the 2015 Pride of Papua New Guinea Awards for Women. The Pride of Papua New Guinea Awards continues to recognise these everyday women whose efforts speak volumes as they strive to achieve extraordinary things... ‘true agents for change.’ 



Women candidates in Pacific elections

Despite a trend towards increasing numbers of female political representatives globally, the percentage of women parliamentarians in the Pacific only increased from around 3 per cent to 4.3 per cent from 1997 to 2014. Of 190 countries surveyed by the inter-parliamentary union this year, five of the ten countries with the worst record of women's participation in parliament are in the Pacific. This post looked at some of the recent news stories that have highlighted this issue in Samoa, Solomon Islands and PNG - and what is being done about it.

READ MORE HERE. Note: Fiame Naomi Mata'afa was recently appointed Samoa's first female deputy PM after elections. Read more about that here.


Josephine Getsi’s historic win

In last year's Bougainville election, an unprecedented number of women ran for open seats. One of them, former teacher Josephine Getsi, became the first woman to win an open seat in Bougainville’s parliament!



Haus Krai 2015 & The Leniata Legacy

Last year we invited our readers to join communities in Papua New Guinea, Australia and the United States for the annual ‘Haus Krai’ - an international day of mourning for the victims of gender violence - and introduced the uninitiated to The Leniata Legacy: an organisation that grew after the brutal murder of Kepari Leniata on 6 February 2013 in Papua New Guinea. It was after Leniata's death that the Haus Krai movement was born.



Giving life to those who give life

According to the 2006 PNG national health survey, maternal death rates in Papua New Guinea were among the highest in the world - and had actually doubled over the preceding 10 years. 'Send Hope Not Flowers' is one way we can help save our mothers.



And purchase our current edition of Stella Magazine to read about Diane Kambanei, the Executive Director of the YWCA in Papua New Guinea, who manages a range of crucial projects for marginalised youth and women in PNG.



Image 1: courtesy of Kate Millar via Fiji Volleyball Federation Facebook page.

Image 2: ‘Kriket Bilong Olgeta’ images supplied by Kristie Brown, DFAT.

Image 3: courtesy of Senisim Pasin, launching and making of the film.

Image 4: Josephine Duria winner Bravery and Courage Award, courtesy CPL Group.

Image 5: Officials counting the votes (credit: Twitter - Bougainville News)

Image 6:  Lihir Haus Krai 2015. Photo credit: Michelle Bawden.

Image 7:  ‘Send Hope Not Flowers’ banner. A new mother and her baby at the maternity ward at Port Moresby General hospital.


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