WHAT'S IN A BOOK: Ravusiro (left) and Rapilla (right) share a glimpes of the book with the PNGOC staff after the presentation. PHOTO: A. Molen/ PNGOC.
Alurigo Ravusiro today presented a book which she co-wrote to the Secretary General of the PNG Olympic Committee, Auvita Rapilla as a gift.
Ravusiro who is a member of the staff at the PNGOC is one of the 45 women who have contributed articles in the new book which was published recently.
The book titled “My Walk to Equality” is a collection of anthologies in story and poetry form written by 45 PNG women writers.
“The anthologies are raw and emotionally arresting with strong stances about the ‘development’ of our nation,” Ravusiro said.
She said the write-ups speak of women and the choices they made, or couldn’t. The stories indirectly ask policy makers to consider the experiences to make informed decisions. My Walk to Equality is an emerging voice for women and children in particular.
Ravusiro wrote two short stories and two poems in the book. One of the articles is based on her experience working with PNGOC.
“‘A Culture of Family’ was inspired by the PNGOC culture – how we can bring in children and let them be ‘at home’ while they wait for you. These moments are most powerful as children learn from us – what we do, how we relate, how we communicate etc, by observing and even participating. It is our story as seen through their curious eyes,” she said.
'My Walk to Equality', features all the writing by the 45 women writers and can be purchased via Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback editions.
This book is currently being shared across PNG and the Pacific.
Here is an extract from Alu Ravusiro’s ‘A Culture of Family’;
“Sometimes I wished I’d do more and help out my married children own their own homes, have all their children go to the same decent school and have their own vehicle to pick up and drop off their children using their lunch hour to be able to do that. I googled out that some Scandinavian countries provide for a parent who opts to look after their young child until they were old enough to be placed in a crèche. Also interestingly, they had more women parliamentarians who brought to Parliament a woman’s nurturing and caring instinct making for worthwhile decisions for nation building.
I thought of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee. Children are picked up after school and brought to the office. They do their homework, read, rest or play outside in the yard. They drink and eat in the kitchen. After work at 4:30, they leave for home. The culture of family is encouraged. Sir John Dawanicura, PNGOC Board Chairman and Mrs. Auvita Rapilla, Secretary General have teenage children who greet staff members with a smile, a firm handshake, a hug and engage in little chats.”
Ravusiro enjoys writing and hopes that the book will not only inform and educate but also inspire others.
“As a storyteller, you will notice that sometimes, the yearning to write something crops up and you read a little of my writing to inspire us all that we ‘can’ be extraordinary,” she said.