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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 pacwip@gmail.com.

(03 January 2017)
They say e au le inailau a tina ma tama’ita’i.  Fiame Naomi Mata’afa is a living testimony of that in Samoa – and around the world.  In a year when the ruling Human Rights Protection Party (H.R.P.P) celebrated another victory, the highlight with
(06 October 2016)
12 July, 2016. The Commonwealth Observer Mission monitoring Nauru's election says the low number of women contesting the polls is disappointing. Four women vied for a seat in the 19 member parliament but only one, Charmaine Scotty, was elected. Ms Scotty was the only woman i
(06 October 2016)
A retired Papua New Guinea MP, Dame Carol Kidu, says the country has missed its opportunity to balance the representation of women in parliament. In 2011 PNG passed a bill to set up 22 reserved seats for women but enabling legislation was not passed in time for the following year
(06 October 2016)
05 October, 2016. The Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa says women do not think of politics as a natural career path. The level of women's representation in parliament in the Pacific is among the lowest in the world with women comprising less than 16 percent of all parliamentarians
(06 October 2016)
05 October 2016.The Speaker of the Cook Islands Parliament says women need to be bold and stand in elections. Six women put themselves forward in a snap election which was held in 2014 ahead of the country's 50th anniversary of self government. There are currently four women
(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.
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