The National, Wednesday 25th July, 2012
By SALLY TIWARI
PRESIDENT of the National Council of Women Scholar Kakas has expressed joy at the declaration of two female MPs Delilah Gore (Sohe open) and Loujaya Toni (Lae open).
Kakas said their victory provided inspiration and confidence in women to take leadership roles and perhaps contest in the next election.
“On behalf of the women of this country, I congratulate Toni and Gore,” she said.
This year has seen an increase in the number of women contesting in the elections, from 102 in 2007 to 136.
Kakas said she was behind other women candidates who were still in the race for seats, hoping they too would assume leadership roles.
Former Milne Bay governor Dame Josephine Abaijah said she was pleased that their work in the past had not gone unnoticed.
Women wanted to see females “fight hard like the men and we’re proud of them.” she said.
She encouraged the two women MPs to stand out and become role models for all other women.
With Dame Carol retiring from politics, it had left a vacuum for women but Toni and Gore were set to fill that now, Dame Josephine said.