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A Time for Women: An interview with two of Papua New Guinea’s newest women parliamentarians

BY IN UN Women On 28-08-2012

Since Papua New Guinea’s independence in 1975, none of its parliaments have comprised more than 2 per cent of women.

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A Time for Women: An interview with two of Papua New Guinea’s newest women parliamentarians


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