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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

Tasmania elects majority of women in Australia state first

19th March, 2018

Tasmania has become the first state in Australian history to elect a majority of female MPs to its legislature. The state, Australia’s smallest, held its election on 3 March, but counting was not finalised until this week. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT), which is not a state, also elected a female-majority legislature in 2016. Thirteen...


Call for more women, youths in politics

16th January, 2018

THE Fiji Labour Party has called for more women and youths to show interest in politics. Party leader and former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry said while the party had received applications from individuals interested in contesting this year’s polls on the party’s ticket, he wanted more women and youths to apply. Mr Chaudhry said the...


Minister for Women encourages women to stand for the elections

16th January, 2018

Women across Fiji have been encouraged to stand for the elections this year and exercise their right to vote by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa. Speaking at the Nadroga Andhra Sangam Naari Sangh Women’s Forum last night, Vuniwaqa says women in Fiji are now having better access to justice when...


Polls Apart – PNG’s election broken down

03rd November, 2017

Papua New Guinea general elections only come around every five years and are embraced with great passion by voters hoping for change. Thus it was all the more disappointing for voters that the 2017 PNG election was riddled with electoral roll flaws, polling irregularities, delays and regression in areas where change was most needed. “The...


Tonga excited to see women step towards politics

04th October, 2017

Lepolo Taunisila said most of the 15 women candidates had good qualifications, years of experience in various fields and that their participation was a blessing for Tonga. She said the Congress was fully supporting the women in every way it could to achieve more successful results than in the past. “We’ve looked at some of...


Tongan leader hopeful for more women MPs

03rd October, 2017

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...


Tonga: 11 women registered out of 39 candidates so far

28th September, 2017

39 candidates have registered on the first day of registration to contest Tongatapu’s 10 constituencies in the November 16 General Election, while more are expected to register tomorrow, the final day of nominations. The Prime Minister Hon ‘Akilisi Pohiva is running again contesting his seat in Tongatapu 1. Out of the candidates for Tongatapu, 11...


Women supported to campaign in Tonga

24th September, 2017

The head of Tonga’s Civil Society Forum says getting more women into parliament is everyone’s responsibility and its time for more gender balance in Tongan politics. Siale ‘Ilolahia says the early election in November is an opportunity for Tongan women to come forward. There is just one woman MP in the current parliament – and...


Tonga’s snap election dampens women’s representation hopes

07th September, 2017

Last month’s dissolution of Tonga’s Parliament by royal decree has put plans for greater representation for women on the backburner. Elections are to be held on November 16, a year earlier than planned, dampening the hopes of Tonga’s women’s rights advocates. Like many Pacific countries Tongan women are struggling to have a voice in the...


Papua New Guinea PM wants to push for more women MPs

20th August, 2017

Papua New Guinea’s prime minister says he’s looking to revive a proposal to reserve 22 seats in the country’s parliament for women. No women were elected in recent elections, making Papua New Guinea one of the few countries with no female representation. According to the newspaper, The National, Peter O’Neill told a business breakfast in Port...


Big Men, No Women: Politics in Papua New Guinea

14th August, 2017

The recent election in Papua New Guinea (PNG) continued with a semblence of chaotic campaigns. With violence breaking out both during the electoral campaign and after the results had been confirmed, an attempted kidnapping of a candidate, problems with the electoral roll, an overly sensitiveElectoral Commissioner, and significant concerns over human rights abuses leading up to the polls. After the results were established, and Parliament...


PNG female election candidate relfects on challenges in recent elections

10th August, 2017

The United Nations Development Programme has joined the Registrar of Political Parties, the Chief Ombudsman and the highest polling female candidate in the national elections to call for political leaders, governments and voters to commit to real change to progress female participation in politics, after no women were elected to Parliament. For the first time in...