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18 January 2017


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Rashmii, you continue to inspire and shine.

You presented the MWTE cause very well in the fabulous Paradise, the Air Niugini inflight magazine, July-August issue, 2017.

Just got a copy.

Wish you and POM-based contributors could appear in Tania Nugent's 'Woman's World' and Florence Junduo's 'Olsem Wanem' programs on EMTV.

Hi Sally, great to hear from you! Sure, I remember our conversation at BWF17. I have received your email (thank you Luke and Phil) and will be in touch shortly.

The book is a wonderful conversation for not only PNG but the sisters and brothers here in Australia.

Rashmii, we met briefly at the Brisbane Writers Festival this year when you were part of a panel on domestic violence in The Edge room. The book had sold out at the venue but I managed to find a copy online.

You may/may not remember a grey-haired woman almost on her knees talking to you after the panel presentation, and I spoke about a similar project that has been buzzing in my head for a long time.

Rashmii, I will not become a pest, I am too old for excess activity - but would appreciate a brief email chat. My email is enclosed.

Well done Rashmii. Sold out. It will be a success.

Well done Rashmii,
The proper study of mankind is books-Aldous Huxley.

Thank you everyone for the words of support and ongoing encouragement.

It's been a massive effort by everyone involved, and continues to be so as we prepare for the Brisbane and Port Moresby book launches respectively.

I encourage you all to purchase a copy for yourself or one that you can gift to your high school / university children, nephews and nieces.

There is some terrific writing in the book and, like the Crocodile Prize Anthology volumes, would serve well as a resource for students practising essay writing, short stories and poetry.

Once in a lifetime opportunity. So thankful to have experienced it!

Em nau!

Thank you, Rashmii and team for this. A gift to all Papua New Guinean women. Blessed.

Great effort from the ladies and supporters.
One in the eye to the critics.
With such momentum, I can see a succession of volumes to come.
May every library in PNG stock copies.

As a contributing writer to this milestone achievement in PNG literature, I would like to say a big thank you to Rashmii, Kevin, Phil and Tania for your tireless efforts in supporting the project.

You have managed to creatively address such an important issue and bring forth and celebrate the many achievements of PNG women; with which this book, is exemplified. For this, I salute you!

To my fellow women writers who have graciously and bravely shared their stories to the rest of PNG and the world – we have placed our hearts on our sleeves and are hopeful that with these stories, poems and essays, we may enlighten, challenge and inspire young Papua New Guinean women and men to not just be spectators in this circle of life but rather be change makers in their respective communities and contribute to a better PNG.


Congratulations, Rashmii, Phil, Keith, the many others who helped pulled this off. It is now everyone's business to have these voices heard. I am reading my copy and loving it. Thank you.

We have to continue to stand tall amidst negativity and challenges so one day this world, society or place we live in will be truly fair :)

Congratulations Rashmii for the successful initiative.

Walk tall. Salute.

I do not see how anyone can have a problem with such a straightforward matter: an anthology documenting women's experiences in PNG.

These are real women, most of whom live here and work here and don't have the option of skipping out when it gets too difficult.

We are forever hosting pointless talk forums exclusively in Port Moresby for the acceptable PNG woman, the one who speaks the language and vocabulary that right, conservative Westerners can relate to and feel comfortable with.

But when PNG women want to have their own voice it becomes an issue.

It seems we/they want our women to talk cooperation and hand-holding and working together with our foreign partners but sometimes a PNG woman just wants to vent, just wants to be mad or just talk about their experience, to express themselves without necessarily providing a solution and so what.

Doesn't make it any less valid a contribution to women's rights, to gender equality and to feminisim.

So yes I understand Keith Jackson's frustrations with trying to get authentic PNG voices out there and struggling because they don't seem to fit the bill.

Our voices are too loud, too boisterous, too independent it may seem.

Again Rashmii, I am eternally grateful to you for this work. I hope it will be for women in the future, what it was for me when I read, "My mother calls me Yaltep," a discovery of the thoughts and experiences that my forefathers went through in a pivotal time of PNG history. This is so important.

Well done to you Rashmii Amoah Bell and all that contributed to My Walk to Equality. You made it happen. Stand tall and stand proud.

Very well said and very well done, Rashmii: a huge and important achievement ....

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