Etztorme Women: Responding to Change in Lihir, Papua New Guinea

AUTHOR(S)
Martha MacIntyre
Culture

The goldmining project on Lihir Island in New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, has brought dramatic socio-economic changes. In this matrilineal society, while women’s economic contributions were substantial, their political status was not. Women’s participation in decision making about the mine has been restricted, mainly because men have excluded them. The mining company established a women’s section that has supported the development of women’s organisations and a range of economic development projects. The women’s organisations provide the context for new political roles for women but have experienced many setbacks that are common in such groups across Papua New Guinea. Through the Lihir experience in the first five years of the mine, this paper examines the tensions and divided loyalties that constrain women’s organisations and often lead to the failure of income-generating women’s projects in Papua New Guinea.

Downloads
There are no downloads available
Research Type(s)
Report – Not peer reviewed
Submitted by Toksave
March 23, 2021
SHARE
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email
explore similar papers

Leave a comment

Leave a Reply

Join the community

Subscribe to our newsletter

What are you looking for?

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website.

Filter by Categories

Filter by Year

Filter by Review Status

Filter by Country