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Hardly fair: Gender equity during the 2012 Papua New Guinea national elections in the Wabag Open electorate

Gibbs, Philip

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There is a saying in Enga society, "Women don't climb trees" (Endame ita kisala naenge). Taken literally it is not true. Enga women can and do climb trees (Gibbs 2005). However, this common saying might be heard from a man when he wants to prevent a woman from doing something. A woman might also direct the saying at a man if he is not doing the work expected of him. For example, a woman might use the expression, combining its literal and figurative senses, to express her annoyance if her...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorGibbs, Philip
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-10T05:44:19Z
dc.date.available2017-11-10T05:44:19Z
dc.identifier.citationGibbs, Philip. Hardly fair: Gender equity during the 2012 Papua New Guinea national elections in the Wabag Open electorate [online]. Catalyst, Vol. 45, No. 1, Jun 2015: 43-60, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=308025778285035;res=IELHSS
dc.identifier.issn0253-2921
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/133587
dc.description.abstractThere is a saying in Enga society, "Women don't climb trees" (Endame ita kisala naenge). Taken literally it is not true. Enga women can and do climb trees (Gibbs 2005). However, this common saying might be heard from a man when he wants to prevent a woman from doing something. A woman might also direct the saying at a man if he is not doing the work expected of him. For example, a woman might use the expression, combining its literal and figurative senses, to express her annoyance if her husband returned home without bringing firewood. The saying also links to gender related taboos in Enga culture. A woman must never walk over the legs of a seated man. Nor can she step across weapons or food, lest they become angupae (stepped over) and thus rendered weak or powerless.
dc.format18 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.publisherMelanesian Institute for Pastoral & Socio-Economic Service
dc.sourceCatalyst
dc.source.urihttp://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=308025778285035;res=IELHSS
dc.subjectEquality--Social aspects; Elections--Political aspects; Sex discrimination against women; Women--Social life and customs;
dc.titleHardly fair: Gender equity during the 2012 Papua New Guinea national elections in the Wabag Open electorate
dc.typeJournal article
local.identifier.citationvolume45
dc.date.issued2015-06
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage43
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage60
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