Papua New Guinea’s Autonomous Region of Bougainville is at a critical juncture. Still dealing with the debilitating effects of an at times brutal civil conflict from 1988 to 1997, the Autonomous Bougainville Government is working to rebuild its economy and governance structures while navigating the final stages of a peace process, including a referendum on its political future due to take place by 2020.
In partnership with CARE PNG, Colin Wiltshire, Thiago Oppermann and Theresa Meki have recently undertaken joint district assessments and political context analysis in Menyamya District and Gumine District, Papua New Guinea.
Previous research among educated women in Papua New Guinea has revealed the desire of women in this cohort to avoid or delay marriage (Spark 2010; 2011). Financial independence from men plays a key role in educated women’s choice to focus on work rather than domestic lives, as well as on whether or not they want to share these lives with a partner.