On International Women’s Day tomorrow, a book written by a Papua New Guinean woman will be launched to commemorate the day.
My Walk To Equality is a collection of literature from PNG women about issues facing the country.
The book will be launched by Dame Carol Kidu.
It contains, poems, short stories and observations by Papua New Guinean women, and is edited by Rashmii Amoah Bell, a Papua New Guinean currently living in Australia.
Tanya Zeriga is a contributor to the book and also writes one of the two forewords.
In it she writes about the how Papua New Guineans should own their place in contemporary PNG society.
“The women of this generation are indeed the last keepers of the ways of their fathers. Most of us were born just before independence or shortly thereafter, and therefore lack the oppressive memories of colonialism, group of women are also not yet too immersed in the glamour of the west to shun our roots.”
The International Women’s day theme tomorrow is, ‘Be Bold’, and we caught up with Tanya today, who will also be a speaking during the launch, who says the launching of this book is timely as it honours PNG women who are sharing their lives through this book.
‘My Walk to Equality’, is published by Pukpuk publications, the people behind the Crocodile Prize literature competitions, and is the first book of its kind in the country.
“This is a milestone, for PNG women and for the country and especially for the women who have contributed to this book,” Tanya said.