Women in Politics

By Adelaide Kari – EM TV News, Port Moresby

The 2012 election saw three female politicians elected to government.

Loujaya Kouza, Member for Lae; Delilah Gore, Member for Sohe and Governer Julie Soso, Governer for Eastern Highlands Province.

The International women’s forum held this week allowed Governor Julie Soso and Sohe Member, Delilah Gore, to share their experience of running for election.

They both touched on their inspirations, and it was one of the things they both shared. They both got their inspirations from their fathers, showing how important encouragement from men is for women running for elections.

Julie Soso also said that a strong women leader from the Women’s Council helped shape her way into politics. She stood 3 times before finally being elected.

Gore shared her experience of working as Ijivitari district treasure in Oro province and saw how money for the district was not reaching her people and thought if she was a member she would do a better job.

She talked on how other candidates asked what her platform would be when campaigning and getting criticized on her campaigning skills.

Present at the international women’s forum was opposition leader, Don Polye.

The president also for Triumph heritage party, who endorsed Julie Soso in the 2012 election. He said that it was important for the PNG government to have more women politicians.

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