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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

Diverse Tonga Cabinet aims to end division

14th October, 2019

The Cabinet line up named by Tonga's new Prime Minister, Pohiva Tu'i'onetoa, reflects his vow to unite the politically divided Kingdom.


Solomon Islands: Record number of women candidates for elections

07th March, 2019

Solomon Islands has a population of approximately 611,343 people (2017 census). The national Parliament has 50 members, and Elections are held every 4 years. The last general election was held on 19th November 2014. The electoral system uses a first-past-the-post system, which has made it very difficult for women to get elected. To date, there have been no further changes to the electoral...


Hon. Te Hani Brown from Cook Islands reflects on her journey into Politics as the Pacific’s youngest MP

17th December, 2018

The youngest Member of Parliament in the Pacific, Hon. Te Hani Brown was elected into Parliament in June 2018, following the Cook Islands national elections. She caused a landslide victory over more seasoned politicians, scooping 56% of the total votes. In this interview, Hon Brown sits with the Effective Governance Team Leader for the UNDP Pacific...


Fiji: 10 women elected to Parliament

26th November, 2018

THE new Parliament make-up includes 10 women. This comprise five in Government and five in the Opposition. Premila Kumar, Selai Adimaitoga, Veena Bhatnagar, Mereseini Vuniwaqa and Rosy Akbar will make up the 27-member FijiFirst led Government while, Social Democratic Liberal Party members Lynda Tabuya, Ro Teimumu Kepa, Salote Radrodro, Adi Litia Qionibaravi and National Federation Party...


Fiji: 24 Per Cent Of Women Contested Elections

26th November, 2018

Women made up 24 per cent of the to­tal number of candidates who con­tested the 2018 Fiji General Election, says Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem. Fifty-six women initially contested and at the declaration of the official results on Sun­day, 10 women were confirmed to take up par­liamentary positions for the next four years. They are...


Fiji: Dr Jiko Luveni is Speaker of Parliament for a second term

26th November, 2018

Dr. Jiko Luveni will continue in her role as the Speaker of Parliament of the Republic of Fiji for the next four years. This came after the nomination for speaker by the Opposition to appoint Tanya Waqanika was defeated by 27 votes to 24 in Parliament this morning. Dr Luveni thanked Government MPs and the...


Cook Islands Speaker of parliament stresses need for gender equality

23rd October, 2018

Speaker of the Parliament Nikki Rattle reiterated her desire to increase the number of women in the local Parliament, at the opening of the 37th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) Australia and Pacific Regional Conference 2018 yesterday. The three-day conference being held at the Edgewater Resort and Spa in Arorangi is attended by about 60 CPA...


56 women candidates to contest the 2018 Fiji Elections

19th October, 2018

The 2018 Fiji general election, for 51 seats in the Parliament, is taking place on November 14.  235 candidates from 6 political parties are standing; 56 of the candidates are women – 24% of the total number.  This is an increase in the number of women standing. It is notable that 33% of the total...


Niue forms women’s Parliamentary group

16th October, 2018

On 12 & 13 September 2018, Niue’s women MPs held a workshop, opened by the Acting Premier and with the support of UNDP’s Australian-funded Regional Women in Politics Programme, to form a women’s parliamentary group.  With five women MPs, out of a total of 20 seats, Niue has 25% female representation – the highest in...


Dearth of women candidates for Fiji election

10th October, 2018

Fewer than one in five of the provisional election candidates nominated by Fiji’s three major political parties are women. FijiFirst, SODELPA and the National Federation Party (NFP) have now revealed their full list of nominees for the polls next month. The three parties have nominated 28 women candidates between them for the 51 seats –...


Vanuatu: Tanna Women think and work politically on issue of Climate change and Disaster reduction

04th October, 2018

Women on Tanna respond to lack of political will on climate change By Lisa Cornish. 03 October 2018. The Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting, held in Nauru Sept. 3-6, was meant to produce concrete plans for supporting Pacific Island nations in their battle against climate change. Instead, reports suggest it was a stalemate for climate action. The...


Fiji: Activist Applauds Women In Politics

03rd October, 2018

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre Co-ordinator Shamima Ali is encouraging Fijian voters to vote female candidates into government for greater awareness of women’s perspective in issues debated in Parliament. Responding to the line-up of 11 women candidates announced on Wednesday by the FijiFirst Party and other parties Ms Ali said it was something to be celebrated....