This page collects stories on developments throughout the Pacific in promoting women in politics. Because many news sites in the Pacific archive their stories after a period of time, we have replicated the stories in full on this page, to keep an archive on efforts and article in the region. We thank all Pacific news colleagues for their contributions in sharing stories on women in politics. If you have a story we have missed, please send it to the PacWIP team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
(19 July 2016)
NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, July 15, 2016) – ‘Akosita Havili Lavulavu (31) is the new Vava'u number 16 People’s Representative to the Tonga Legislative Assembly winning a By-election with 39.4% of the votes yesterday, Thursday 14 July. Wit
(05 July 2016)
The various options Pacific island jurisdictions have taken to increase the numbers of women in parliaments and representative bodies was the topic of discussion at a regional conference held in Port Moresby this week. Roy Trivedy, United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations
(05 July 2016)
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. Vanuatu is home to 260,000 people across 83 islands. It’s culturally diverse with mo
(05 July 2016)
Women Members of Parliament from Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Tuvalu and a candidate from the 2014 Tongan election, have come together in Wellington with New Zealand Members of Parliament to participate in the first Pacific Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Mentoring Programme. The Programme pa
(08 March 2016)
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 position that a woman has ever reached in the history of Samoa's government.
(29 February 2016)
Koror — “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'
(15 February 2016)
Samoa's Electoral Commissioner's office has released the names of 171 candidates contesting next months general election. A Radio New Zealand correspondent says 24 of the candidates are women, and it's the first election since independence in 1962 that a huge number of w
(02 February 2016)
An aspiring female candidate in Nauru says she's hopeful that with the UN's help, more women will be standing in the election this year. UN Women have recently run a series of workshops in Nauru, aiming to increase women's participation in politics.
(28 January 2016)
28 January 2016 The Marshall Islands parliament has elected a new president, Dr Hilda Heine, the first female leader of any independent Pacific island nation. Her election follows a period of unprecedented politicking which culminated on Tuesday in a no-confidence moti
(21 January 2016)
Female candidates contesting the General Elections in March enjoyed a taste of Parliament yesterday. The occasion was a Mock Parliament, which was facilitated by the Speaker of the House, La’auli Leuatea Schmidt. Organised by U.N.D.P and U.N Women in partnership with the