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MP’s Must Recognise Women

Western Highlands Provincial Council of Women President, Paula Mek is appealing to the National Government to recognise women on the Floor of Parliament.

She said this yesterday (23 November) at the Swearing-in Ceremony of four new executive members of the Tambul-Nebilyer electorate Council of Women.

An election was conducted before the signing of Oath.

Four women were sworn in yesterday as the Executives of the Tambul-Nebilyer Council of Women.

The women will work with the Local Level Government, as Non-Governmental Organisation workers, to identify women needs and address them through the District Services Improvement Program funds allocation.

Mek, who is also a member of the PNG Council of Women, said men must also allow women to speak in public and have a voice in Parliament.

Mrs Mek has been working with women for over 40 years as a volunteer.

She encouraged youth and men who attended the gathering on Thursday to respect their mothers, wives and sisters.

She warned men not to accuse women of sorcery or sanguma and attack them. And to let the law take its own course.

She also encouraged the people of Tambul Nebilyer and Western Highlands to stop the tradition of paying bride price and compensation.

Village councilors who also attended the gathering admitted that their strengths come from their mothers and their wives.

The newly appointed Council of Women President, Martha Timbil, appealed to the men to support these women to address issues mothers from the rural areas are facing.

Over 1,000 women are members of the Council of women.

The mothers told EMTV News they joined because they are seeing the importance of having a voice at the District level.

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