IN A MOVE that provided a sharp contrast to the recent high jinks in Papua New Guinea politics, parliament today passed a law guaranteeing 22 seats for women in the assembly.
After two years of political pressure, and some moments of hesitation in the past, the Equality and Participation Bill passed 72-2 this afternoon.
The seats will be created in time for the next national election.
At present Dame Carol Kidu is only one woman in the 109-seat parliament.
Dame Carol has championed the Bill, and its passage represents a significant personal triumph for her on the eve of her retirement at the 2012 election.
AAP reports that 50 women sang, danced and hugged outside parliament after the bill was passed.