Home » Resources » News » Page 2

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: Women candidates mixed views on entering Parliament through quota system

01st March, 2021

There are mixed opinions expressed by six Samoan women candidates for the upcoming general election on women entering Parliament on their own merits or by the existing 10 percent quota.


Palau President-elect chooses first-ever woman chief of staff, Ms Landisang Kotaro

12th January, 2021

By Bernadette Carreon – House Speaker Sabino Anastacio announced during a session yesterday that President-elect Surangel Whipps Jr. has named Landisang Kotaro to be his Chief of Staff. The announcement will make Ms. Kotaro- the current head of President-elect’s Transition Committee Secretariat- as the first woman to hold that position. “I would like to announce...


Solomons MP Hon Lanelle Tanangada defends ‘women in politics’

08th December, 2020

[By Eddie Osifelo] – MINISTER of Education and Human Resources, Lanelle Tanangada used her motion of sine die speech in parliament to defend “women in politics”. This was after Solomon Star has published an article on Tuesday, November 24 by Alfred Sasako and titled “From A Simple Housewife to Parliament”. The author was referring to...


Training Offered to Women Candidates of 2021 Samoa General Elections

02nd December, 2020

In the chaos of COVID-19 in the world today, Samoa is not letting this affect or hinder its preparations for the upcoming General Election in 2021. Since the closing of candidate’s nomination on the 23rd October 2020, 23 women registered and were accepted by the Office of the Electoral Commissioner. In its efforts to promote...


Solutions proposed to enhance gender equality in elections

30th November, 2020



From a simple housewife to Solomons Parliament: Hon Ethel Lency Vokia

25th November, 2020

[By Alfred Sasako] The meteoric rise of Mrs. Ethel Lency Vokia – a simple housewife to Parliament – is a story of considerable achievement.  The Solomon Star caught up with her when her constituents from three Communities took delivery of three ray boats, each powered by a 30-hp Suzuki engine in Honiara this week. “From...


Vice-President- Elect Senior becomes second woman Vice President of Palau

13th November, 2020

[By by Bernadette Carreon]: Sen. J.Uduch Sengebau Senior will become the second woman in Palau’s history to assume the position of vice-president. Following the tabulation of all the votes in Palau, including the absentee ballots this week, Sen. Senior garnered 5,112 compared to her opponent Sen. Frank Kyota who got 4,671 votes. Vice President-elect Senior...


More Women Needed in Solomon Islands Parliament: US Consul Keithie Saunders

19th October, 2020

More Women Needed in Parliament: Saunders Solomon Islands would be a much fairer and balance country if it elects more of its women into parliament. That’s according to the United States Consul in Solomon Islands, Keithie Saunders. She was speaking at the commissioning service of Central Honiara by-election contender Paulina Radoe Firisua on Saturday at...


‘Deal with the disaster’: the girl from Bougainville who grew up to take on a mining giant

17th October, 2020

[By Leanne Jorari and Ben Doherty] Panguna mine is often cast as the economic key to Bougainville’s potential independence, but young MP Theonila Matbob says her people, and their land, must come first For all of Theonila Roka Matbob’s three decades, the scar on her land that was once the world’s largest copper mine has...


Pauline Radoe Firisua, a former central banker up for by-election in Solomon Islands

07th October, 2020

A FORMER Central Banker has confirmed her intention to contest the Central Honiara by-election next month. Pauline Radoe Firisua said she would be contesting as an “Independent” candidate.“I am contesting for our children, women, youth and family in this by-election,” Mrs. Firisua said after settling her fee and other election requirements this afternoon. “I wanted...


‘She set the benchmark’: trailblazing PNG politician Nahau Rooney dies, aged 75

26th September, 2020

Manus Island’s Nahau Rooney, at one time the only woman in PNG’s parliament, dedicated her life to advancing women in her country. Hardworking, audacious, occasionally controversial, but always vivacious: one of Papua New Guinea’s political pioneers, Nahau Rooney, has been remembered as a trailblazer for PNG women in power following her death on 15 September,...


Women eye cabinet positions after Bougainville election

23rd September, 2020

By Michael Taylor, Sept 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Women will retain 10% of parliamentary seats after an election in the South Pacific archipelago of Bougainville and will push the new president to appoint more women to cabinet roles, analysts said on Wednesday. The two-week general election held in August was the first since autonomous...