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This page collects together publications on issues related to women in politics from both the Pacific and the world. It collects together research documents, campaigning resources and key papers. If you have a publication we have missed, please send it to the PacWIP team at pacwip@gmail.com.

Women and the 2007 PNG Elections: A Diagnostic Assessment

Women and the 2007 PNG Elections: A Diagnostic Assessment

Following the 2007 National Elections which saw only 1 women MP elected, a partnership of the United Nations, the Department for Community Development and the National Council of Women came together to undertake a process of examination, to identify the existing barriers to women‟s participation in national decision-making. An Elections Diagnostic Workshop was held in November 2007 and was attended by about 200 women and men, who undertook a process of examination of the electoral process, an assessment of campaign strategies and financing, partnerships, as well as training and capacity building. The objectives were to identify the existing barriers to women‟s political participation in national decision making, and to build consensus among all relevant stakeholders on the strategies that need to be taken collectively towards future planning, and programme implementation for women‟s leadership in PNG.

Author: 2007 Diagnostic Assessment

Institution: UNDP

File size and type: 749.57 KB

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Women’s Leadership in the Pacific: Mapping of Development Partners

Women’s Leadership in the Pacific: Mapping of Development Partners

In an effort to understand the scope of activities being conducted towards increasing women’s leadership in the Pacific, AusAID through the Pacific Leadership Program, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat convened a half day meeting in Suva, following the conclusion of the 2012 Gender and Development Partners meeting from April 2nd and 3rd. The meeting was attended by representatives of the following organisations, UN Women, UNDP Pacific Centre, UN Volunteers, UNESCAP, UNFPA, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, AusAID Pacific Leadership Program, AusAID Gender Office, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, and NZAID.

Author: Development Partner Mapping

Institution: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

File size and type: 859.99 KB

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PLP Pacific Women’s Leadership Scoping Study

PLP Pacific Women’s Leadership Scoping Study

The Report was commissioned by the Pacific Leadership Programme as a scoping study of women’s leadership outside of national politics in Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. The study uses a participatory action research approach to examine the leadership roles of women in local government, the pathways of women’s leadership, and the opportunities for young women’s leadership within civil society organisations.

Author: Isadora Laura Quay

Institution: Pacific Leadership Programme/DFAT

File size and type: 926.71 KB

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Electoral Financing to Advance Women’s Political Participation: A Guide for UNDP Support

Electoral Financing to Advance Women’s Political Participation: A Guide for UNDP Support

This primer offers an introduction to the intersection of gender and electoral financing.Money is a prerequisite for competing in most political systems today, but patterns of gender discrimination force women candidates to make do with more limited resources than men. The primer outlines the role that political systems play in shaping electoral financing options and outcomes, and gives a summary of basic campaign financing constraints that women face. It provides UNDP policy advisors and programme staff with a framework and entry points for supporting
women’s increased access to funds and the political system at large. 

Author: Gretchen Luchsinger Sidhu and Ruth Meena

Institution: UNDP

File size and type: 1.68 MB

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Pacific Women in Power: A Discussion Paper

Pacific Women in Power: A Discussion Paper

The Pacific region contains very highly skilled and qualified women, capable of holding office, so why are so few making it into the top decision-making roles? This discussion paper summarises some of the issues affecting the under-representation of women in parliaments and assemblies throughout the Pacific.

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Institution: N/A

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Gender Equality in Elected Office in Asia Pacific: Six Actions to Expand Women’s Empowerment

Gender Equality in Elected Office in Asia Pacific: Six Actions to Expand Women’s Empowerment

Author: UNDP

Institution: N/A

File size and type: 1.28 MB

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Representation of Women in Australian Parliaments

Representation of Women in Australian Parliaments

This  Background Paper looks at representation of women at   the  Commonwealth (national),  state  and  territory,  and  local  government  levels,  with  a  particular  focus  on  the   Commonwealth  Parliament.  It  presents  statistical  information  about  women  parliamentarians,   women  in  parliamentary  leadership  positions  and  ministries,  women  as  chairs  of  parliamentary   committees,  and  female  candidates.  It  also  includes  some  comparative  data  relating to representation  in  the  state  and  territory  parliaments,  identifies  current  and  historical  trends,  and   refers  to  recent  research  on representation  in  parliament.

Author: Parliament of Australia Library

Institution: Representation of Australian Women in Australian Parliament

File size and type: 880.13 KB

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Winning and losing in politics: key issues in Papua New Guinea

Winning and losing in politics: key issues in Papua New Guinea

Author: Carol Kidu & Susan Setae

Institution: Development Bulletin, No.59

File size and type: 40.33 KB

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Gender and perceptions of political power in Papua New Guinea

Gender and perceptions of political power in Papua New Guinea

Author: Dianne Korare

Institution: Development Bulletin, No.59

File size and type: 47.97 KB

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Fighting for a fair deal in Solomon Islands national politics

Fighting for a fair deal in Solomon Islands national politics

Author: Afu Billy

Institution: Development Bulletin, No.59

File size and type: 42.20 KB

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Gender & Local Government in the Pacific: A Comparative Regional Study

Gender & Local Government in the Pacific: A Comparative Regional Study

The objective of the research is to identify existing special measures, both formal and informal, at the local government level and produce a comparative analysis as a platform whereby Pacific local governments can begin to integrate gender equality into the decision making processes and the delivery of services.  Through desk research a comparative analysis of eight CLGF member countries was undertaken. Four countries were then selected for detailed case studies.

Author: Adi Sivia Qoro

Institution: CLGF Pacific, IWDA and UNDEF

File size and type: 1.82 MB

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To make a difference: Realities of women’s participation in Papua New Guinea politics

To make a difference: Realities of women’s participation in Papua New Guinea politics

Author: Orovu Sepoe

Institution: Development Bulletin, No.59

File size and type: 164.90 KB

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