Vanuatu women urged to cooperate to be elected

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09th August, 2012

A candidate for Vanuatu’s upcoming election says women candidates need to band together to get into parliament.

18 women have been attending a workshop organised by the department of women’s affairs into the workings of parliament and being an MP.

Vanuatu voters have elected five women to the 52-seat parliament since independence in 1980 and the current parliament has just one woman MP.

Rose Nabong, a candidate for the island of Ambrym, says men don’t allow women to go into parliament.

She says many women are contesting this election.

“It’s something that maybe is going to be a beginning of gender equality in Parliament, [it] depends on how people think of it. But we are appealling to women in the communities that wherever there is a woman candidate, please try and lets work together and win these seats in the parliament.”
Rose Nabong a candidate in Vanuatu’s October election.

[Radio New Zealand International]

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