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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

(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
(21 January 2016)
Vanuatu's national elections give citizens the opportunity to shape the nation’s future through their choice of political representation. Electoral boundaries and the total number of constituencies have shifted over the years in response to demographic changes. A rec
(14 January 2016)
One of only eight women candidates standing in Vanuatu's snap elections says political parties are making it too difficult for women to participate. In 2012, 10 women contested the election, but none of them was elected to parliament. This year, 183 candidates are standing,
(25 May 2015)
By Harrison Selmen Posted: Monday, May 25, 2015 8:00 am The recently passed amendment of the Municipalities Act to reserve one seat in every ward for women will see Luganville adopting the system for the first time when its constituents go to polls in July th
(18 March 2015)
By Senator Magdalena Walter December 31, 2014 Pohnpei, FSM  Last October, at the third FSM Women's Conference, I was asked to share my experiences as the longest serving female senator, and until recently, the only woman in the Pohnpei State Legislator with the hope that it w
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