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.

The Fight For Women To Be Heard In Vanuatu

A proposal to set a quota for women in Vanuatu’s parliament has split opinion. As Yasmine Bjornum discovered, many believe the challenges faced by Ni-Vanuatu women run much deeper. Read the Story
(Photo credit: Pasifik News)

Pacific Women MPs come together to create long-term support networks

Women MPs from Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tuvalu have come together in Wellington with New Zealand women MPs to participate in the first Pacific Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Mentoring Programme. Read the Story
Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Strategic Plan 2016 - 2019

Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa selected as Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister

Fiame Naomi Mataafa, the daughter of the first prime minister of Samoa, has been picked to be the country's new deputy prime minister. It's the highest executive
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Hon. Fiame Naomi Mata'afa (Library Picture). Picture: Loop Samoa.

Being Hilda Heine

“It kinda happened,” Republic of Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine said of her recent election to the top political post. Admittedly surprised by the election result, the soft-spoken petite woman said the presidency was far from her mind. “I didn't really work for it or targeted it. I was at the right place at the right time. When I was asked to take the role, I never thought about it that much,” Heine recalled. Read the Story
RMI President, Dr. Hilda Heine (middle), at the Micronesian Chief executives Summit, in Koror, Palau, February 2016. (Photo: RW Brooks)

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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.