BY MARTYN NAMORONG
"Team formed to probe ethnic tension... is made up of men. Aren't there any good Morobean women out there,” Mrs Haoda-Todd wrote in the Facebook group Sharp Talk.
She mentioned the names “Enny Moaitz, Lady Nohorahnie Bogan, Loujaya, and ol mama Geamsao” as being suitable candidates.
“It is high time that women are included, so that there are fair views and come up with short/long term solutions from both sides for our city. After all, women make up more than half the population of our city.”
Mrs Haoda-Todd, who won a Westpac Entrepreneurship Award, owns and runs a Lae-based business. She highlighted that women have been most affected by the crisis yet their voice has not been taken into consideration by the authorities.
“It is us women who have been the victims. Enough of thinking that men have all the solutions to all our nation's problems!
“A wise man will include women in all decision and policy making of this nation going forward because he realizes that she is his ‘help-meet’. So God help us PNG!” she said.
Mrs Haoda-Todd’s call has had support from many people. One commentator highlighted the pivotal role played by the women of Bougainville during the Bougainville peace process that ended civil war in the region.
This blogger fully endorses Mrs Haoda-Todd’s call.