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Dame Carol Kidu DBE MP

Former Leader of the Opposition and Minister for Community Development in Papua New Guinea
Dame Carol Kidu

Dame Carol Kidu, ( a teacher by profession) was first elected to Parliament in Papua New Guinea in 1997 and retired in the 2012 election.  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. 

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 recognised 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 is the Pacific representative on the Board of the Commonwealth of Learning; is an international advisor on the Board of the Cairns Institute, a member of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, a member of Pacific Leaders Green Growth initiative, and a non resident Fellow of the Lowy Institute.