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Women’s rugby league helping tackle domestic violence in PNG | Alex McClintock

In a country where the sport is omnipresent, it has become an unlikely driver of gender equality and women’s rights

“Rugby league” and “women’s rights” are not phrases often uttered together in the Australian context, except perhaps in the negative. While it has made progress in promoting women’s rugby league in recent years, the NRL has struggled to distance itself from its boorish legacy. For every Women in League round, there’s another story of a high-profile player getting a slap on the wrist for appalling behaviour.

Power Meri, the new documentary from Sydney-based production company Media Stockade, offers a very different story to the one rugby league so often tells. The film follows the Papua New Guinea national women’s team, the Orchids, as they prepared for their first World Cup in 2017.

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