Dame Carol Kidu has joined ACLW as its Asia Pacific Patron.
Dame Carol Kidu, (a teacher by profession) was first elected to Parliament in Papua New Guinea in 1997 and retired in the 2012 election. Between 2002 and 2012, she was the only woman in the 109 member Papua New Guinea Parliament and ended her political life as the Leader of the Opposition after a six month political impasse and Constitutional crisis. She was the Minister for Community Development from 2002 until August 2011 and has been described as a “visionary reformer” because of her commitment to transform legislative and policy frameworks for social development in Papua New Guinea communities as they interface with Western society. She has championed integrated community development policies with a special focus on social justice for marginalised groups. In addition to her Ministerial work, she established the Parliamentary Committee on HIV in 2003 and the PNG Parliamentary Group on Population and Development (PNG PPD) in 2008.
Dame Kidu has been awarded three Honorary Doctorates; the Imperial Award of Dame of the British Empire; the PNG International Woman of Courage Award by the Secretary of State of the United States of America; Pacific Person of the Year in 2007; the Regional Rights Resource Team Pacific Human Rights Award for her contribution to promoting the rights of Pacific Islanders; the Cross of Knight in the Order of the Legion d’Honneur of the Republic of France. These awards have been to recognise her commitment to improving the rights of marginalised or neglected groups such as women, the disabled, children, HIV positive people and indigenous minorities.
Dame Kidu’s international experience includes the Pacific representative on the Board of the Commonwealth of Learning; an international advisor on the Board of the Cairns Institute; a member of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, a regional member of the Pacific Leaders Green Growth initiative, a non resident Fellow of the Lowy Institute; and a member of the High Level Taskforce on ICPD 2014 and beyond.