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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

(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
(20 July 2014)
Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls says Australia can help Pacific nations improve poor levels of female leadership. Natasha Stott-Despoja is the head of an Australian delegation to Tonga to meet about 30 women in politics from around the region. "This is a grea
(17 July 2014)
The Australian Government considers women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women and girls, and enhancing women’s leadership opportunities in the Pacific a foreign policy priority.  As part of our efforts, I am delighted to announce Australia’s
(16 July 2014)
MPs have admitted that a "raucous ... ill-mannered ... unprofessional" atmosphere in the Chamber with MPs "ganging up and bullying" each other is putting women off a career in politics. The All-Party Political Group on Women in Parliament - which includes two dep
(16 July 2014)
What’s holding back female leadership and representation in the Pacific? This was the discussion point when Pacific female MPs, along with women in other political leadership roles in the region, gathered recently in Fiji. And what emerged was that one of the key barriers to w
(15 July 2014)
More women running in their Local Government elections in PNG. A starting ground for them to then move on to national government elections.  The National Capital District Council of women is way ahead of other provinces in conducting its Ward Elections. This is accordi
(11 July 2014)
In New York on 19 June, the UNDP had a live streamed launch of its new report, Gender Equality in Public Administration (GEPA), aimed at addressing head on the issue of gender equality in the public workplace.   The GEPA report is part of the first
(11 July 2014)
Preliminary results have now been publicised, and according to Cook Island News, atleast three of the 7 women that stood for elections have been successful. One of the candidates, Ms. Tetangi Matapo, received equal number of votes with Mr. Tokorua 
(10 July 2014)
The People's Democratic Party has put forward 13 provisional candidates for the September general election.  Making the announcement in Lautoka yesterday, leader Felix Anthony said the party would reveal more provisional candidates in the coming weeks. Successful nomine
(07 July 2014)
Pacific Parliaments should address gender issues and should take the lead in not only encouraging women to become parliamentarians but to integrate local culture into their parliamentary systems.   This was a view of Cook Island’s Parliamentary Speaker, Honorable Nikki Ra
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