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This page collects together publications on issues related to women in politics from both the Pacific and the world. It collects together research documents, campaigning resources and key papers. If you have a publication we have missed, please send it to the PacWIP team at


Gender Equality: Women’s participation and leadership in governments at the local level

This report provides research and analysis of the underlying causes for the lack of participation by women in leadership at local and national levels to help policymakers and all stakeholders who are trying to improve participation and leadership by women leading to also security and safety of women in the region. Following from the Women’s Representation in Local Government in Asia-Pacific: Status Report 2010 and the regional conference on South Asia Women’s Political Leadership in Dhaka held in 2011, and the common declaration on Women’s Political Leadership in South Asia, the report analyses where progress has been made, and more importantly, where and why progress has fallen short, concluding with recommendations for how changes may be made within the emerging trends in the region. The report also has collected an impressive amount of statistics on women’s political representation at the national, district and local levels, as well as showing the different trends in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands, which can facilitate targeted interventions by the various stakeholders engaged in gender empowerment.

Author/s: UNDP Date: 19 December 2014
Institution: File size and type: 1.54 MB (PDF)
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Public Perceptions of Women in Leadership - a Research Project of the Fiji Women's Forum

This 2014 study looks at the perception of women in politics and leadership generally in Fiji. The study draws attention to the gender bias that lies at the heart of why women are under-represented in government and the necessity for definitive action to support women's political participation.  A copy of the report can be obtained either from Fiji Women's Rights Movement, FemLINKpacific, the National Council of Women or the Soqosoqo Vakamarama iTaukei.

A two page brief from the International Women's Development Agency (IWDA) summarizes the findings and recommendations from the report.  The research was done in partnership with IWDA.

Author/s: Fiji Women's Forum/International Women's Development Agency Date: 18 November 2014
Institution: File size and type: 543 KB (PDF)
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2013 Global Gender Gap Report

The Global Gender Gap Index, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress. The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health 
criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups, and over time. The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by 
reducing them. The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing gender gaps.
Author/s: 2013 Global Gender Gap Report / World Economic Forum Date: 13 March 2014
Institution: File size and type: 6.67 MB (PDF)
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Toktok bilong helpim ol meri i laik sanap long 2013 ileksen long PNG: Kempein Hanbuk

Author/s: Hap 1: Lokol-levol Gavman em wanem samting; Hap 2: Lokol-levol Gavman Ileksen Date: 29 May 2013
Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions File size and type: 1.63 MB (PDF)
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Author/s: Hap 3: Kempein long win Date: 29 May 2013
Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions File size and type: 2.58 MB (PDF)
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Author/s: Hap4: Kempein Plen Date: 29 May 2013
Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions File size and type: 1.19 MB (PDF)
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A Guide for Women Candidates in the 2013 LLG elections in PNG - Campaign Handbook

PNG’s Office for the Development of Women (ODW) wants to help women who are thinking about contesting the 2013 Local-level Government (LLG) elections.

As part of this help ODW is supporting the distribution of a Campaign Handbook for potential LLG women candidates that has been prepared by the Centre for Democratic Institutions.

The Handbook is part of a strategy to help women candidates prepare well for the election and increase their chances of success. The advice and checklists contained in the Handbook will help women candidates to make decisions about whether they are ready to stand for election and how to plan their campaigns. The Handbook contains practical information to help potential candidates:

  • Part 1: Understand the role of LLG councilors, presidents and mayors
  • Part 2: Understand LLG election laws
  • Part 3: Thinking clearly about why they want to stand for election and what they have to offer their communities and
  • Part 4: Preparing a winning election campaign.

Contact the Office for the Development of Women in Port Moresby for more information - text or phone them on (+675) 7064 0560 or (+675) 7064 0562.

You can access the Handbook in electronic form in English (below) and Tok Pisin (above) in the link provided. Due to the heavy size of the publication, we have broken the publication down into 3 parts for ease of downloading.

Author/s: Part 1: Local Level Government; & Part 2: Local level Government Elections Date: 28 May 2013
Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions File size and type: 1.59 MB (PDF)
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Author/s: Part 3: Campaigning to Win Date: 28 May 2013
Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions File size and type: 2.45 MB (PDF)
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Author/s: Part 4: The Campaign Plan Date: 28 May 2013
Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions File size and type: 1.18 MB (PDF)
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