National Women MPs

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Women have never comprised more than 10% of the membership of Pacific national parliaments in Forum Islands Countries since Independence, and the percentage of women in Pacific parliaments currently hovers at around 6.1% (as of March 2016).

Regional Trends:

Pacific Women MPs 2013 2014 2015 Mar-2016
Numbers 26 32 30 34
% 4.7% 5.7% 5.4% 6.1%

 

Representation at sub-national decision-making is at similarly low levels. In comparison, the Inter-Parliamentary Union reports that the world average of all elected members (as of 1st November 2015) is 22.6% women and 77.4% men.

In Pacific Islands Forum countries, not including Australia and New Zealand, as of March 2016, there are only 34 women MPs out of 559 MPs altogether who are currently sitting in their national legislatures.

 

Countries Number of MPs Number of Women
Fiji 50 8
Kiribati 46 3
Niue 20 2
PNG 111 3
Palau 29* 3
Cook Islands 24  4
Samoa  50 5***
Tuvalu 15 1
Tonga 26** 0
Marshall Islands 33 3
Solomon Islands 50 1
Nauru 19 1
 Tokelau 20 0
Federated States of Micronesia 14 0
Vanuatu 52 0
* This number refers to both Houses of Congress in Palau - the House of Delegates with 16 members, and the House of Senate with 13 members.

** This includes the elected representatives of the Noble ( 9 members) and the people (17 members). 

*** This includes the 4 elected women representatives together with the next highest polling woman that will be included as part of Samoa's 'special measure' for 10% of womens representation in Parliament.

& These numbers refers to both elected Chambers (16 member House of Delegates and 13 member Senate)

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Hon. Ngamau Mere Munokoa
Party: Democratic Party
Electorate: Nikao/Panama
Province: N/A
Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon. Selina Napa
Party: Democratic Party
Electorate: Titikaveka
Province: N/A
Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon. Tetangi Matapo
Party: Democratic Party
Electorate: Tamarua Constituency
Province:
Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon. Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown
Party: Cook Islands Party
Electorate: Teenui-Mapumai Constituency
Province:
Political Status: Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament

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Rosy Sofia Akbar
Party: FijiFirst
Electorate: Fji
Province: N/A
Political Status: Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

Veena Kumar Bhatnagar
Party: FijiFirst
Electorate: Fiji
Province: N/A
Political Status: Assistant Minister for Health

Lorna Eden
Party: FijiFirst
Electorate: Fiji
Province: N/A
Political Status: Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment

Jilila Nalibu Kumar
Party: FijiFirst
Electorate: Fiji
Province: N/A
Political Status: Government Backbencher

Mereseini Vuniwaqa
Party: FijiFirst
Electorate: Fiji
Province: N/A
Political Status: Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources

Roko Tupou Takeiwai Senirewa Draunidalo
Party: National Federation Party
Electorate: Fiji
Province: N/A
Political Status: Member of the Opposition; President of National Federation Party in Fiji

Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa
Party: Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA)
Electorate: Fiji
Province: N/A
Political Status: Leader of the Opposition

Salote Vuibureta Radrodro
Party: Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA)
Electorate: Fiji
Province: N/A
Political Status: Member of the Opposition

Kiribati Return to top

Hon Teima Onorio
Term: 2nd term
Party: Boutokan Te Koaua (Government)
Electorate: Arorae
Province: Arorae
Political Status:

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Hon Tangariki Reete
Term: 2nd term
Party: Maurin Kiribati (Opposition)
Electorate: Betio
Province: South Tarawa
Political Status:

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Hon. Shiu Fung Kumho
Term: 1st term
Party:
Electorate:
Province:
Political Status:

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H.E. Dr. Hilda Heine
Party: None
Electorate: Aur
Province:
Political Status: President of Republic of Marshall Islands

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Hon Amenta Mathew
Term: 2
Party: None
Electorate: Utrok
Province: N/A
Political Status:

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Hon. Daisy Alik-Momotaro
Party:
Electorate: Jaluit
Province:
Political Status:

Nauru Return to top

Ms Charmaine Eraidinomo Scotty
Term: 2013 - current
Party: N/A
Electorate: Constituency of Yaren
Province:
Political Status:

Niue Return to top

Hon. Joan Sisiati Tahafa Viliamu
Party: N/A
Electorate: Common Roll Membet
Province: N/A
Political Status: Minister for Health & Community Affairs

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Hon. Va'aiga Paotama Tukuitonga
Party: N/A
Electorate: Alofi North
Province: N/A
Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Palau Return to top

Senator Katherine Kesolei
Party: None
Electorate: Common Roll
Province:
Political Status: Senator

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Senator J. Uduch Sengebau-Senior
Party: None
Electorate: Common Roll
Province:
Political Status:

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Senator Rukebai Inabo
Party: None
Electorate: Common Roll
Province:
Political Status:

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Hon Delilah Gore
Party: Triumph Heritage Empowerment (THE) Party
Electorate: Sohe Open
Province: Oro
Political Status:

Hon Loujaya Toni
Party: Indigenous People's Party
Electorate: Lae Open
Province: Morobe
Political Status: Minister for Community Development

Hon Julie Soso Akeke
Party: Triumph Heritage Empowerment (THE) Party
Electorate: Eastern Highlands Provincial
Province: Eastern Highlands
Political Status: First ever elected Governor of Eastern Highlands

Samoa Return to top

Hon. Fiame Naomi Mataafa
Party: Human Rights Peoples Party
Electorate: Lotofaga
Province: Atua
Political Status: Minister for Justice

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Hon. Gatoloaifa'na Amataga Alesana Gidlow
Party:
Electorate:
Province:
Political Status:

Tofa Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers
Party:
Electorate: Gagaifomauga No.1
Province:
Political Status:

Solomon Islands Return to top

Hon Freda Soria Comua
Party: People’s Alliance Party
Electorate: Temotu Vatud
Province: Temotu
Political Status: Member of Parliament

Tuvalu Return to top

Dr Puakena Boreham
Party: Independent
Electorate: Nui
Province:
Political Status:

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