Tonga excited to see women step towards politics

Lepolo Taunisila said most of the 15 women candidates had good qualifications, years of experience in various fields and that their participation was a blessing for Tonga. Read the Story
Photo: RNZ Pacific/123RF

Tongan leader hopeful for more women MPs

The head of the Tonga National Centre for Women and Children says she is proud to see so many women running for parliament in Tonga's upcoming general election. Read the Story
Some of the candidates for the upcoming elections in November 2017. (Photo: Matangi Tonga online)

Tonga: 11 women registered out of 39 candidates so far

39 candidates have registered on the first day of registration to contest Tongatapu's 10 constituencies in the November 16 General Election, while more are expected to register tomorrow, the final day of nominations. Read the Story
Part of the 39 candidates registered in Tonga so far. (Photo:Matangi Tonga online)

Women supported to campaign in Tonga

The head of Tonga's Civil Society Forum says getting more women into parliament is everyone's responsibility and its time for more gender balance in Tongan politics. Read the Story
Executive Director of the Civil Society Forum of Tonga, 'Emeline Siale 'Ilolahia. Photo: RNZ/Koro Vaka'uta

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)

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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.