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This page collects stories on developments throughout the Pacific in promoting women in politics. Because many news sites in the Pacific archive their stories after a period of time, we have replicated the stories in full on this page, to keep an archive on efforts and article in the region. We thank all Pacific news colleagues for their contributions in sharing stories on women in politics. If you have a story we have missed, please send it to the PacWIP team on

Samoa Supreme Court orders Speaker to swear-in three women MPs

11th May, 2022

[By Pita Ligaiula, 11 May 2022] – Samoa Supreme Court has ordered the Speaker of the House to administer the Oath of Allegiance for three additional women Members of Parliament in the Legislative Assembly. The decision by the Court means the Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP) members, Aliimalemanu Alofa Tuuau, Faagasealii Sapoa Feagai and Faatuatua...


NCW says female MPs’ have been a disappointment on women issues in Parl

06th April, 2022

[By Robert Iroga, 6 April 2022]: The National Council of Women (NCW) has expressed its frustration on the four female Members of Parliament describing them as a disappointment in advocating and advancing women issues at the national level. At the same time, they say the women MPs’ had never gone down to listen to their...


Sikilabu becomes first female premier in Solomon Islands

22nd March, 2022

    [By Robert Iroga, 22 March 2022]: Rhoda Sikilabu is the new premier of Isabel Province and also the first female premier in the Solomon Islands. The MPA for Sigana Ward was declared as the new premier this opening after she was unopposed when nominations closed yesterday. “Yes, I can confirm that Rhoda is...


Third PNG Practice Parliament for Women trains women before 2022 election

14th March, 2022

Port Moresby, 14 March 2022: Today, 58 women from across the country came together at the Third Practice Parliament for Women which is being held in Port Moresby. The Practice Parliament is being implemented as a partnership between the Independent Political Parties and Candidates Commission (IPPCC), National Parliament, Department for Community Development and Religion (DFCDR)...


PNG IPPCC & UNDP hold successful National Forum on women’s political participation

20th January, 2022

Alotau, 20 January 2022: At the National Forum for Aspiring Women Leaders held in Alotau this week, the Registrar for Political Parties, Dr Alphonse Gelu, noted that the years between elections, and “in particular the months before an election is called, are critical opportunities for political parties to direct specific attention towards identifying good, strong candidates.” “We...


Dr Perpetua Konman Seated as First Woman in the FSM Congress

13th December, 2021

WENO, CHUUK. December 13, 2021. – Dr. Perpetua Sappa Konman made history today as the first ever woman to be sworn in and seated as a Member of the Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia. The Third Special Session of the 22nd Congress virtually convened today to address measures still pending before the Body...


The ‘gals’ behind Samoa’s first woman PM

08th December, 2021

By Megha Mohan and Yousef Eldin, BBC 100 Women: There are fewer women in politics in the Pacific Islands than in any other part of the world, according to UN Women. But this year Samoa elected a woman as its head of government – only the second Pacific Island nation to do so – thanks...


Dr. Perpetua S. Konman Declared Official & Certified Winner of the FSM Special Election

29th November, 2021

PALIKIR, Pohnpei—On November 29th, 2021, His Excellency David W. Panuelo—President of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM)—received the certified results of the November 12th, 2021 Special Election. The new Senator-elect for the FSM Congress’ Election District 3 of Chuuk State, representing the Southern Namoneas Region, is Dr. Perpetua S. Konman. Senator-elect Dr. Perpetua S. Konman...


Two more women MPs appointed in Samoa to make up six in the House

29th November, 2021

APIA SAMOA – 29 NOVEMBER 2021: Two extra women parliamentarians have been appointed by the Head of State and now make up six women members of parliament following last weekends by elections results. The warrant of appointment was issued this evening for the six constituencies that went to the polls last Friday, plus the two...


Young women practice debating their views in parliamentary setting

11th October, 2021

Thirty young women entered the Fale Alea ‘of Tonga today, for a “practice parliament” to celebrate the International Day of the Girl today, October 11. This week, the young women will debate their views in a parliamentary setting. International Day of the Girl is declared by the United Nations to address the challenges girls face...


12 women standing in Tonga elections in November 2021

30th September, 2021

[30 September 2021] – Tongans go to the polls on November 18 with less candidates than the previous two elections. There are 75 candidates for the 17 democratically-elected seats – down from 86 in 2017 and 104 in 2014.  Among those, 12 women are standing. Kalafi Moala says these numbers show people have become disenchanted...


The future is female in PNG

15th September, 2021

[Leanne Jorari, 15 September 2021] – In 46 years of independence, only seven women have been elected to Papua New Guinea’s parliament. Can the tide turn? It seems fitting that the progressive political party that helped Papua New Guinea to independence 46 years ago, and has been the ruling party for the past two years,...