IN A LETTER TO the Post-Courier editor (10 August), a Dr Sepoe asks whether three seats are enough for women in our national parliament.
Dr Sepoe quotes prime minister O’Neill as saying the number of women recently elected in the 2012 election (reprsenting 2.7% of the 111 seats on offer) is not good enough.
The global target is a critical mass of at least 30% of the total number of MPs to be women - influencing decision-making and public policy.
I say stuff the global target!
We work at our pace, and we get there when we get there. The UN can take its targets and shoot arrows at them!
I want my country-ladies to beat my country-men fair and square.
Only then, can they claim true equal voice. Just having a fair voice is nothing if that voice is not attained squarely.
Our women can get there. Just give us time and let us do it our way: the PNG Way. We have to crawl before we can walk. We got thee women into parliament this year. That's two better than last term. Next time we may do even better.
And stuff the 22 so-called ‘reserved’ seats. My mum and sisters don't like it. My fiance doesn't like it. My well-educated female colleagues don't like it. And Delilah Gore doesn't like it. And these women are Papua New Guineans.
So shove your ‘global targets’, UN...
And power to the women. True power, not that imposed by UN-inspired policies for ‘equality’.
The PNG Way is one of our Five Goals. I say we work it out and stick by it.
God Bless PNG! And the PNG Way!