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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


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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Tonga: Speaker wants more women in Parliament

The Speaker of the Tongan parliament, Lord Fakafanua today launched a program, the Practice Parliament for Women. The program aims at encouraging women to enter parliament.

Lord Fakafanua announced the initiative this morning, and launched a nationwide public awareness program to encourage interested women, from age 21 upward to apply for a seat in the 30 seats, Practice Parliament for Women. Two seats would be set aside for youths and and the disabilities.

Lord Fakafanua said the objective of the exercise is to have more women representatives in parliament. “It is part of our efforts to build a modern and more representaive parliament for Tonga,” said the Speaker.

He said this is an opportunity for Tongan women to demonstrate their talent, knowledge and potential capacity while empowering them to have their voices be heard and to vote for themselves in the upcoming 2014 General Election in November.

Tonga’s first Practice Parliament for Women will be held on April 10-11 hosted by the Legislative Assembly of Tonga in Nuku'alofa.


A television and radio program will be held this month to generate public interest in Practice Parliament for Women, to be followed by public awareness meetings to be held throughout Tongatapu in specific locations to be announced.

Interested candidates are to fill an application form by 21 March, and those successful are expected to undergo training and mentoring programs with current MPs and former women MPs on April 7-9. The two-day sitting is to be broadcasted live on April 10-11.

The program is organised in conjunction with the UNDP Tonga Governance Strengthening Program, Australian Aid, the Inter-Parliametnary Union, UN Women and the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat . Local counterparts includes the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, Tonga Electoral Commission, Civil Society Forum of Tonga and Non-Government Organizations.

Tonga currently has only one woman in parliament, the Minister for Education and Training Hon. Dr ‘Ana Taufe’ulungaki.


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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Pacific Women's Parliamentary Partnerships Submission to the Pacific Plan Review 2013

This submission was prepared by the Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships (PWPP) Reference Group. The PWPP was mandated by the current Pacific women Members of Parliament, who participated in the PWPP Forum held in Sydney, Australia in February 2013, to write this submission on their behalf.
Author/s: Ms Louisa Wall MP (NZ) & Hon Fiame Naomi Mataafa (Samoa) Date: 15 May 2013
Institution: Pacific Women's Parliamentary Partnerships File size and type: 281 KB (PDF)
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