Dame Carol Kidu recently retired from the National Parliament of Papua New Guinea after 15 years in politics. She served as the Minister for Community Development for nine years and more recently was Leader of the opposition.
Dame Kidu is known in Papua New Guinea for her commitment to transforming legislative and policy frameworks that relate to social development policy with an emphasis on the human rights-based approach to development. 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 PGPD) in 2008.
She is the founder, patron and adviser for the Safe Motherhood Alliance of Papua New Guinea, which is now the Secretariat to PNG PGPD.
Dame Kidu has been awarded three honorary doctorates and was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005. In 2007 she was awarded the PNG International Woman of Courage Award by the Secretary of State of the United States of America and also in 2007 received the Pacific Person of the Year award. She is a 2008 recipient of the Regional Rights Resource Team Pacific Human Rights Award for her contribution to promoting the rights of Pacific Islanders. In 2009, she was honoured by the French government with the Cross of Knight in the Order of the Legion d’Honneur.
Dame Kidu serves on the boards of the Commonwealth of Learning and the International Advisory Board of the Cairns Institute at James Cook University, and is a non-resident fellow of the Lowy Institute.
She was a member of the UN Pacific Commission on AIDS and the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.