PNG: 134 women nominate at closing of Election nominations date

Only 2614 candidates have nominated to contest the 2017 National Election, the official preliminary figures released last night showed. Only 134 are women candidates with 54 in Southern region, 35 in Momase, 26 in the Highlands and 19 in New Guinea Islands. Read the Story
PNG Electoral Commissioner, Mr. Patilias Gamato. (PC: PNG Post Courier)

Nearly half contesting Niue's common roll seats are women

The provisional roll for Niue released on Friday 21st April 2017 includes what's believed to be a record 24 candidates contesting the six nationally elected seats, ten of them women. Read the Story
Va'aiga Tukuitonga Photo: RNZ/ Indira Stewart

PNG: Women making their mark in the political arena

Papua New Guinea men’s mentality of: “women don’t belong in politics” has changed, and women are making their mark in the country’s politics, Sir Michael Somare said. Read the Story
Sir Michael Somare and Lady Veronica Somare.

11 female candidates contest Vanuatu Provincial elections

VANUATU had 11 female candidates contesting the four 2017 Provincial Elections in March 2017. The 11 female candidates are running in three Provinces of Penama, Shefa and Tafea while there is no female candidate contesting in Malampa Province. Read the Story
Library photo of Vanuatu Elections polling station. (PC: Vanuatu Digest)

200 women candidates to contest PNG election

More than 4000 candidates, 200 of them women, have registered their intention to contest the 2017 National Election in Papua New Guinea, which is 10 days away. Read the Story
Library picture of PNG voting booth. (PC: Pacific Islands Report)

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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.