NO TROUSERS RULE FOR WOMEN IN PAAMA ISLAND PORT VILA COMMUNITY OF CONCERN

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PORT VILA, Vanuatu (January 8, 2002 - Papua New Guinea Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---The male leaders of an island community in the Vanuatu capital, Port Vila, have banned their women from wearing trousers.

Chief Frank Maki, who heads the Paama Island community, said women should wear skirts and dresses.

The Paama community has lived in Port Vila for about 40 years, after relocating from their overcrowded island.

Women groups have reacted with protests, slamming the rule as blatant gender discrimination.

Vanuatu’s former ombudsman, Marie-Noelle Ferrieux-Patterson, said it breached the democratic rights of women and the national constitution.

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Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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