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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

Practice Parliament for Women Training Manual launched

The idea for a Practice Parliament for Women came about as a direct response to the call from women around the Pacific region to be supported, and to have their political and policy skills developed. This initiative drew on the positive experiences reported from youth parliament forums in the region and elsewhere. The Practice Parliaments are designed to fill some of the gaps in the existing efforts to support women’s political participation by developing a broader set of skills and by giving women participants the opportunity to immediately apply those skills. Responding to the success of this initiative, UNDP has produced this publication to provide guidance to national partners on how to organize and run a Practice Parliament for women.

Author/s: Charmaine Rodrigues Date: 24 March 2017
Institution: UNDP Pacific office File size and type: 1.97 MB (PDF)
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Improving the Electoral Chances of Pacific Women through an Evidence-Based Approach

This report draws on discussions that occurred at a three-day workshop hosted by the Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) and State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Program (SSGM) at the Australian National University in Canberra in June 2016. The purpose of the workshop was to review the evidence base regarding lessons learned about successful campaigning, how women are positioned to run successful campaigns, and how development partners might enhance the effectiveness of support provided to women candidates by drawing on and responding to this evidence base. While the workshop focused on the Melanesian context — and Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, in particular — it drew on lessons from other parts of the Pacific islands region and the findings of this synthesis report may be applicable more widely. The workshop was attended by a broad range of stakeholders, including campaign activists, women candidates, former and current sitting members of legislatures, development partners, NGOs, policymakers and academics from Melanesia and Australia. An annotated copy of the three-day workshop program is provided at Appendix A, with speaker names excluded. Discussions at the workshop were held on a Chatham House basis to encourage frank discussion. While the synthesis provided in this report draws on those discussions, this report reflects the analysis of the authors and should not be taken to reflect the views of attendees at the workshop. This report is supplemented by a series of framing papers which were presented at that workshop to inform focused workshop discussions and have been published as SSGM In Briefs in tandem with this report.

Author/s: Dr Julien Barbara & Dr Kerryn Baker Date: 30 December 2016
Institution: State Society & Governance in Melanesia Project, ANU File size and type: 1.51 MB (PDF)
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IPU Report - Women in parliament in 2016: The year in review

IPU's annual report provides information and statistics on the state of women's representation in national legislatures around the world.

Author/s: Dr Sonia Palmieri Date: 13 December 2016
Institution: Inter-Parliamentary Union File size and type: 1.10 MB (PDF)
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Campaigning as a woman: Promoting Equality and Participation of Women in Politics and Decision-making

This publication is one of a series of tools and publications about women in politics supported by IWDA through the FLOW (Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women) program, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands. It is the result of a Candidate Debriefing Workshop conducted with women who stood for election in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville general election in May-June 2015. The workshop was organised by the Bougainville Women’s Federation and funded by International Women’s Development Agency, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, in August 2015.
The 2015 Bougainville General Election was only the third election to be held in Bougainville and represented the greatest number of women candidates ever to stand. 35 women contested, including 12 women who ran against men in open seats (the other 23 stood for the 3 seats reserved for women in the Bougainville House of Representatives). This election was the first where a woman candidate, Hon Josephine Getsi, won in an open seat, bringing women’s political representation in the House of Representatives to 10%. Several women ran strong campaigns and learned much about what it takes to succeed in an election. The 2015 Candidate Debriefing Workshop gave women candidates the opportunity to talk about their experiences during the election campaign. "Campaigning as a Woman" focuses on the areas these candidates suggested as important for women to know in order to run effective campaigns. It draws on the candidate experiences to illustrate lessons, challenges, and strategies for overcoming them. It includes comments from candidates who attended the Debriefing Workshop and case studies telling the campaign stories of five of the women candidates: Josephine Getsi, Rose Pihei, Joan Nenoari, Patricia Kapapal, Agnes Titus.
Author/s: Leonie Morgan Date: 01 November 2016
Institution: International Women's Development Agency (IWDA) File size and type: 2.09 MB (PDF)
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FIJI WOMEN'S FORUM: Women in Politics Campaign handbook

This Handbook was initially prepared as a resource for the Candidate Capacity Strengthening Workshop organised by the Fiji Women’s Forum in June 2014. The aim of the Workshop was to assist women candidates to campaign effectively for the September 2014 Fiji election. Following the election, the Handbook was reviewed and case studies added based on the campaigning experience of the various women candidates. The Handbook includes comments from participants at a debriefing session following the 2014 elections, and candidates interviewed by a Fiji Women’s Rights Movement researcher after the election. It also includes extracts from interviews with Members of Parliament undertaken by FemLINKPACIFIC following the election. The Handbook provides useful tools and includes practical advice, checklists and questionnaires covering all the key components for a successful election campaign. It is hoped that women candidates in future Fiji elections and those in other Pacific elections will find this Handbook a useful resource to help them develop and implement their own winning campaign strategies and plans.

Author/s: Leonie Morgan and Lesley Clark Date: 01 November 2016
Institution: Fiji Women's Forum File size and type: 9.66 MB (PDF)
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