Observers lament few women candidates in Nauru

The Commonwealth Observer Mission monitoring Nauru's election says the low number of women contesting the polls is disappointing. Four women vied for a seat in the 19 member parliament but only one, Charmaine Scotty, was elected. Ms Scotty was the only woman in the last parliament. Read the Story
Former President of Kiribati, & Commonwealth Nauru Observer mission Chairperson, Mr. Anote Tong. Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

PNG missed its chance for more women in parliament

A retired Papua New Guinea MP, Dame Carol Kidu, says the country has missed its opportunity to balance the representation of women in parliament. In 2011 PNG passed a bill to set up 22 reserved seats for women but enabling legislation was not passed in time for the following year's election. Read the Story
Dame Carol Kidu Photo: RNZ/Daniela Maoate-Cox

Politics viewed as a man's job - Samoa Deputy PM

The Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa, Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa, says women do not think of politics as a natural career path. Read the Story
Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister, FIame Naomi Mata'afa. Photo: RNZ/Daniela Maoate-Cox

Women encouraged to be politically bold

The Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament, Honorouble Niki Rattle, says women need to be bold and stand in elections. Read the Story
The Cook Islands speaker of Parliament Niki Rattle. Photo: RNZ/Daniela Maoate-Cox

Tonga's 'Akosita Lavuavu wins Vava‘u By-Election, and becomes only female MP

Akosita Havili Lavulavu (31) is the new Vava'u People’s Representative to the Tonga Legislative Assembly winning a By-election with 39.4% of the votes on Thursday 14 July. Read the Story
June 2015 photo of 'Akosita Havili Lavulavu (centre) with husband 'Etuate (left) and the Tongan Prime Minister (right). Photo: Matangi Tonga online.

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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.