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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

(23 September 2014)
MP Jenny Latu Salesa has become the first Tongan to enter New Zealand Parliament following Saturday’s election.   The Labour Party MP said she was humbled by the result and would like to thank the voters of Manukau East who hav
(18 September 2014)
A feature of Fiji's 2014 election, the first since the military takeover eight years ago, is that there are more women contesting the poll than the last vote in 2006.   This year, out of 249 candidates approved by the Fiji Elections Office, women make up 17 per cent of
(21 August 2014)
Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers-Ah Kau beat four male contenders for the seat in last weekend’s by-election. The newly elected woman parliamentarian for Gagaifomauga No.1. Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers is ready to serve and continue the work left unf
(19 August 2014)
The values and policies of the FijiFirst party have attracted more women to be part of the party’s line-up for the September 17 elections. Former civil servant Luisa Waqanika and former radio presenter Adi Laisa Balavu, were two of the five wom
(13 August 2014)
Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls Natasha Stott-Despoja says developed countries can learn a lot from prospective female parliamentarians in the Pacific.   Across the Pacific less than 5 per cent of parliamentarians are women. While that figure
(11 August 2014)
THE UNITED Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UNW) is working in collaboration and partnership with the European Union (EU) funded ‘Strongim Mere’ project to promote women’s political participation in Solomon Islands and in the pacific reg
(11 August 2014)
The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders at their Retreat in Peleliu State, Palau on 31st July announced Dame Meg Taylor, DBE, as the next Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, making history as the first woman to be selected to hold the office of Secretary G
(06 August 2014)
The first female secretary of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, says she's confident she can gain the respect of the Pacific's male-dominated political leaders. The former World Bank official was appointed on Thursday when Forum leaders wrapped up their annual meet
(30 July 2014)
What a leader looks like and the importance of women’s political participation will be the focus on two events run by UN Women in Honiara this week in partnership with VOIS Blong Mere and US Embassy. Samoa’s Electoral Commissioner Papali’i Malietau Malietoa will ta
(20 July 2014)
The Legislative Assembly of Tonga is hosting the second Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Forum (PWPPF) in Nuku’alofa from today until Monday. The events are being held at the Scenic Hotel in Fua’amotu and the Fa‘onelua Convention Centre here in Nuku
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