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In the Pacific, available statistics show that although female participation at local government levels occur, the numbers clearly show that more work on encouraging female representation through institutional means at least is needed. The Commonwealth Local Government Forum Pacific team in the Pacific is one of the leading organisations in the region that supports efforts on promoting women’s leadership at local government level. CLGF supports the Pacific Women in Local Government Network. The statistics in the table below is continuously being updated. If you can provide more information about women’s participation in sub-national governments in any Pacific Island country, please contact us at isikeli.valemei@undp.org.

Country
Women Elected Representatives
Women Chairs
Elected Reps Total (#)
Total Elected
Women (#)
Elected Women (%)
Chairs/Heads 
Total (#)
Women Chairs/Heads  (#)
Women Chairs/Heads (%) 
Cook Islands:
10 Outer Island Local Governments
 
65
 
5
 
7.7%
10 Mayors (only 9 popularly elected)
 
 

 

1

 

10%

Fiji*
12 Municipalities (2005 elections)

158

23

14.5%

 

12 Mayors

 

0

 

0%

FSM
4 State Governments
85 1 1.2%  4 Governors 0  
Kiribati:
20 Island Councils
3 Urban Councils 
233 10 4.3% 23
 
2
 
8.7%
 
Marshall Islands
14 Village Councils
63 23 36.5%      

Nauru

- - - - - -
Niue
 
- - - - - -
Palau
16 State Governments
      16 Governors 4 25%

PNG**
National Capital District Council


20 Provincial Assemblies


26 Urban LLGs
287 Rural LLGs

 

14

 

-

 

6138

 

 

0

 

-

 

35 (tbc)

 

0%

 

-

 

0.5% (tbc)

 

1 Governor

 

20 Governors

 

313 Presidents (now popularly elected)

 

0

 

-

 

-

 

0%

 

-

 

-

Autonomous Region of Bougainville

2 Urban Councils

40 Councils of Elders

 

 

9

528

 

 

0

50

 

 

0%

9.4%

 

 

2

40

 

 

0

0

 

 

0%

0%

Samoa
286 Village Councils
           
Solomon Islands:
Honiara City Council
9 Provincial Councils
19
39
0
5
0
12.8
 
 
 
 
 
 
Tonga:
Town and District Offices
179 1 0.6      
Tuvalu:
8 Kaupule Councils
48 4 8.3      
Vanuatu:***
2 Municipalities
6 Provinces
26
99
2
0
7.7
0
   
 
 
 
* elected local councils suspended and then replaced by appointments from 2006 to present
** supposed to elect one woman to each Provincial Council (21 Provinces + NCD)
*** Local governments suspended as of 9 March 2012

Source: UNDP, UNWomen, CLGF & UCLG (2011) 'Women’s Representation in Local Government in Asia Pacific Status – Report 2010'