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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 pacwip@gmail.com.

Tongan leader hopeful for more women MPs

The head of the Tonga National Centre for Women and Children says she is proud to see so many women running for parliament in Tonga's upcoming general election.

Fifteen of the 86 candidates who have put their names forward for the election on 16 November are women.

In 2014, 16 women stood for election out of 104 candidates.

There was only one woman in Tonga's last parliament - Akosita Lavulavu, who won a by-election in her Vava'u number 16 seat last year.

The head of the women's centre Fuiva Kavaliko said she thinks Tongan voters will respond positively to the women candidates.

She said the short build-up to the election may well favour women.

"I hope that with this quick, you know this change, to me it's an abrupt change, on having to dissolve the parliament and then have this election, I hope that this will be a chance for women to get in."

Fuiva Kavaliko said the women candidates are very good and stand a real chance of being elected despite tradition favouring men.

[Source: Radio New Zealand, 03 October 2017]

2017 PNG Sub-National Forum on Women's Political Participation: Outcomes Statement

The “Sub-National Forum on Women’s Political Participation Across PNG” followed on from the "National Women Candidates Forum" held from 17-18 August 2017. This sub-national meeting, brought together women and men from 20 provinces and the NCD, with a range of government officials, academics, media representatives and development partners. Participants discussed a range of topics of national and sub-national importance, including temporary special measures for women, political party reforms and electoral challenges. We also reflected on the opportunities that women have to engage in sub-national decision-making structures, and the very challenging issue of how to effect cultural change in our communities in support of women’s leadership. Participants agreed this Outcomes Statement at the conclusion of the meeting.

 
Author/s: Date: 28 September 2017
Institution: Sub-National Women's Forum File size and type: 205 KB (MS Word)
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Forum on PNG Women Candidates’ Participation in the 2017 General Election

A National Forum on Women Candidates’ Participation in the 2017 PNG Election was organised by UNDP-PNG on 17 and 18 August 2017. The objective of the Forum was to gather views on how best to address the reality that no women were elected during the June 2017 general elections to sit in the 10th Parliament of PNG. The Forum provided an opportunity for participants to reflect upon the conduct of the recent elections, in order to assess what strategies and approaches worked and did not work so well for women candidates, as well as to propose innovative activities that could be implemented over the coming five years to ensure women’s presence in the national parliament after the 2022 elections. This Report captures the discussions and recommendations arising from the Forum. 

 
Author/s: Mary Fairio & Charmaine Rodrigues Date: 18 August 2017
Institution: UNDP / NRI File size and type: 1.33 MB (MS Word)
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2017 PNG Women Candidates Forum: Outcomes Statement

A National Forum on Women Candidates’ Participation in the 2017 PNG Election was organised by UNDP-PNG on 17 and 18 August 2017. Close to 50 participants attended the Forum, including 6 women candidates who contested the 2017 National Elections. The objective of the Forum was to gather views on how best to address the reality that no women were elected during the June 2017 general elections to sit in the 10th Parliament of PNG. The Forum provided an opportunity for participants to reflect upon the conduct of the recent elections, in order to assess what strategies and approaches worked and did not work so well for women candidates, as well as to propose innovative activities that could be implemented over the coming five years to ensure women’s presence in the national parliament after the 2022 elections. This Outcomes Statement was endorsed by participants as a summary of their most critical recommendations. 

 
Author/s: Date: 18 August 2017
Institution: UNDP File size and type: 20 KB (MS Word)
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PNG 2017 Women Candidates - survey on what worked and what did not

At the June 2017 PNG National Elections, no women were elected to the 10th PNG Parliament. UNDP organised a Forum on Women Candidates’ Participation in the PNG National Elections from 17-18 August to draw attention to the issue of women’s lack of representation and identify strategies for addressing this problem. In advance of the Forum, UNDP and UN Women shared a PNG Women Candidates Survey on Facebook on 15 August 2017 that was intended to assist in diagnosing the challenges women face and finding responses to address them. Links are provided to a word summary of the results of the Survey, as well as an overview Powerpoint Presentation.

 
Author/s: Women Candidates Survey Results - Summary Date: 17 August 2017
Institution: UNDP-UNWomen File size and type: 71 KB (MS Word)
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Author/s: Women Candidates Survey PowerPoint Presentation Date: 17 August 2017
Institution: UNDP-UNWomen File size and type: 2.47 MB (Power Point)
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