28 Jun 2010

Bougainville women discuss land tenure issues

1:02 pm on 28 June 2010

A group of women from the Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville is in Wellington to discuss land issues.

The women will also look at the conflicts surrounding Bougainville's matrilineal tenure systems.

The two-day conference organised by the Pacific Co-operation Foundation has attracted more than ten delegates from Bougainville, including Sister Loraine Garasu from the Nazareth Rehabilitation Centre and Helen Hakena of the Leitana Nehan Women's Development Agency.

Lynette Baratai-Pokas from PNG's Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights, is also talking.

Discussions are focussing on land and resource utilisation and aim to identify the key contemporary challenges facing women accessing land in Bougainville as the province continues its recovery from the years of civil war.