10 January: My Walk to Equality, the first-ever collection of writing by Papua New Guinean women, is released on Amazon in Kindle edition.
13 January: My Walk to Equality, the first-ever collection of writing by Papua New Guinean women, is released on Amazon in paperback edition.
17 January: #LetUsWalk Twitter hashtag adopted to point to the need to get My Walk To Equality printed and distributed to as many readers as possible.
THE voluntary collaboration of Philip Fitzpatrick (Pukpuk Publications), Keith Jackson (PNG Attitude) and 45 PNG women writers has accomplished what no other has literary endeavour in Papua New Guinea has managed in 41 years of nationhood.
That the book publication was achieved in three months is remarkable in itself. But that the entire process was undertaken without a prominent benefactor is demonstration of the commitment of the writers and administration team of My Walk to Equality.
It must be highlighted that not one of the 45 writers has benefited financially for their contributions. All original writing has been donated in the cause of developing and adding to indigenous literature in Papua New Guinea.
My Walk to Equality is a milestone publication for PNG writing, particularly for Papua New Guinean women.
So I have something to say to social commentator Amanda Donigi, who likened Keith Jackson’s article yesterday to a “childish tantrum” and “very high school”, and to any others expressing similar objections.
I can understand Keith’s frustration, which reflects my own experience in dealing with individuals in PNG-based organisations who purport to address the national agenda to advance women’s rights. Allegedly.
On this matter, I shall restrain from further comment. For now.
The fact remains that My Walk to Equality exists and epitomises Papua New Guinean women as individuals with self-will, tenacity, resourcefulness and the motivation to encourage positive social change within PNG.
On that note, I want to invite the PNG Attitude community of writers, readers and supporters of Papua New Guinea to congratulate these individuals who have been pivotal in the evolution of My Walk to Equality:
Publisher: Pukpuk Publications
Project Team: Philip Fitzpatrick, Keith Jackson and Rashmii Bell
Cover Design: Tania Basiou
Foreword: Tanya Zeriga-Alone and Elvina Ogil
Writers: Tanya Zeriga-Alone, Elvina Ogil Lapieh Landu, Marlene Potorua, Dominica Are, Regina Dorum, Professor Betty Lovai, Florence Castro-Salle, Doloose Wo’otong, Samantha Kusari, Florence Jonduo, Stacey Tarua, Alphone Huvi, Betty Chapau, Roxanne Aila, Vanessa Gordon, Roslyn Tony, Julie Mota Kondi, Florence Castro-Salle, Alythea Siraba, Rose Kranz, Theresa Meki, Matilda Kond, Betty Wakia, Joyce Onguglo, Iriani Wanma, Dhyane Kendo, Tania Basiou, Martinez Wasuak, Caroline Evari, Madeline Ruga, Wendy Jerome, Genevieve (Gen) Hobden, Loretta Bele Kuwalu, Madlyn Baida, Emma Wakpi, Helen Anderson, Leila Parina, Leiao Gerega, Alurigo (Alu) Ravuriso-Kali, Vinzealhar Nen, Wavie Kendino, Watna Mori, Diddie Kinamun Jackson.
As the editor, I am honoured to have spent this time voluntarily working towards establishing and developing rapport with the women writers, reading their personal stories, being exposed to a rich tapestry of writing techniques, and developing technical editing skills under the mentorship of Philip Fitzpatrick and Keith Jackson.
Thank you all for granting me this incredible opportunity.
Thank you to the PNG Attitude community of readers and writers, and those who support PNG-authored literature for PNG.
Thank you to Ms Jo Holman and Paga Hill Development Company whose financial support facilitated the printing and distribution costs of the first consignment of the paperback edition and will fund the launch of the book in Port Moresby and Brisbane.
I look forward to launch day, International Women’s Day on 8 March, continuing the process of facilitating the distribution of My Walk to Equality throughout all regions of Papua New Guinea, and providing more updates in the near future.
We did it!