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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 October 2014)
The Legislative Assembly of the Samoan Parliament has voted unanimously in support of a bill to amend the Constitution to reserve five seats or 10 per cent of the 49 parliamentary seats for women electoral candidates. The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly, La’auli Leua
(13 October 2014)
Parliamentary Speaker Niki Rattle was chosen on Wednesday October 8th 2014 to return for another term as Speaker of the House, but not before some controversy. Rattle was in the process of being nominated by Prime Minister Henry Puna during the inaugural sitting of the 48t
(07 October 2014)
In accordance with the standing orders of parliament, the newly elected Members of Fiji's Parliament have elected Dr Jiko Luveni as the new Speaker of Parliament. Her election created history for the island nation as Dr Luveni becomes the first woman to control the proceedings o
(02 October 2014)
Women continue to struggle to break through the barriers of leadership and decision making especially in rural communities. Sometimes a barrier is because they do not have access to basic services. Sometimes it is simply because national policies including the national budget ma
(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
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