Tonga's snap election dampens women's representation hopes

Last month's dissolution of Tonga's Parliament by royal decree has put plans for greater representation for women on the backburner. Elections are to be held on November 16, a year earlier than planned, dampening the hopes of Tonga's women's rights advocates. Read the Story
Ms 'Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki. (Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta)

Papua New Guinea PM wants to push for more women MPs

PNG's Prime minister says he's looking to revive a 2014 proposal to reserve 22 seats in the country's parliament for women. Read the Story
Parliament of PNG. Photo: AFP

Big Men, No Women: Politics in Papua New Guinea

PNG’s loose party politics leads to perpetual government by a series of unstable coalitions. Read the Story
Library photo of PNG's Prime Minister Peter O'neill. (Photo credit: Flickr/apec 2013)

PNG female election candidate relfects on challenges in recent elections

For the first time in 25 years (since the 1992 election), no females will make up the 111-member Parliament, despite more female candidates being nominated for elections than ever before (167 of 3,332 were female). Read the Story
A female voter in the PNG Highlands during the 2012 Elections. Photo credit: Treva Braun/Commonwealth Secretariat.

PNG women 'priced out' of parliament

A scholar of Pacific politics says women have been priced out of the election "game" in Papua New Guinea. No women have been elected to the new parliament despite a record 167 women going forward for election. Read the Story
Library photo: PNG Parliament chambers.

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Welcome to the Pacific Women in Politics website. This website is a pilot activity of UNDP and its partners in the region. The website has initially been designed as a knowledge-sharing portal to collect together information on activities, news, research and stakeholders working to promote women in politics in the Pacific region. Feedback from partners has suggested that while many local and regional partners are working hard to ensure that women's voices are heard in Pacific decision-making forums, information-sharing across the region and between partners could still be strengthened. This website seeks to fill this gap. Over time, it is also envisaged that this website will be developed to support the specific needs of women candidates at national and sub-national, both in terms of campaigning support, as well as campaign fund-raising. Your feedback on improving the site is very welcome.