Solomon Islands

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Solomon Islands has a population of approximately 590,000 people. The national Parliament has 50 members. Elections are held every 4 years. The electoral system uses a first-past-the-post system, which has made it very difficult for women to get elected. Since Independence, only two women MPs have ever been elected to the Solomon Islands Parliament, Hon Hilda Kari in the 1980s and most recently, Hon Vika Lusibaea who was elected in a by-election for her husband's seat in August 2012.

In 2008, the Solomon Islands Government mandated the Constituency Boundaries Commission to review the number of MPs currently elected to Parliament. This was used as an entry-point for women's groups to propose the introduction of reserved seats for women. The proposal suggested in 2008 was to introduce 10 reserved seats for women - 1 seat for each of Solomon Islands nine provinces and 1 seat for the capital city of Honiara. The proposal did not attract the support of the Cabinet. However, following the 2010 national elections, the new Government indicated in its Policy Statement that the Government would look at options for women's reserved seats as part of a broader electoral boundaries review. This work has not yet progressed.

Past National Women MPs

Current National Women MPs
Past National Women Candidate
Hon Hilda Kari
Term: 1989-1997
Party: Our Party
Electorate: North East Guadalcanal
Province: Guadalcanal
Political Status: Former Minister of Forests,Conservation & Environment and former Minister for Women, Youth & Sports

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Current Sub-National Women

Past Sub-National Women
Past Sub-National Women Candidate
Hon Ilene Sulukonina
Party: N/A
Electorate: Birao Ward, Marau
Province: Guadalcanal
Political Status: Member, Guadalcanal Provincial Assembly

Hon Rhoda Sikilabu
Party: N/A
Electorate:
Province: Isabel
Political Status: Member, Isabel Provincial Assembly

Hon Beverly Muva
Term: 2009 - current
Party: N/A
Electorate:
Province: Isabel
Political Status: Member, Isabel Provincial Assembly

Hon Victoria Sino Oloratavo
Party: None
Electorate: Kusaghe Ward
Province: Western
Political Status: Member, Western Provincial Assembly

Hon Anne Pugeva
Term: 2009 - current
Party: N/A
Electorate:
Province: Rennell and Bellona
Political Status: Member, Rennell & Bellona Provincial Assembly

Hon Nester Marahora
Party: SI Party for Rural Advancement
Electorate:
Province: Makira
Political Status: Member, Makira Provincial Assembly

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