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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’s Representation and the Question of Temporary Special Measures in Tuvalu

Women’s Representation and the Question of Temporary Special Measures in Tuvalu

This paper was produced as part of the SSGM, ANU Briefing Paper Series on women's leadership issues in the Pacific.

Author: Asita Molotii, Kerryn Baker & Jack Corbett

Institution: State Society & Goverrnance in Melanesia Project, ANU

File size and type: 237.27 KB

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Pawa Blong Meri: Women Candidates in the 2015 Bougainville Election

Pawa Blong Meri: Women Candidates in the 2015 Bougainville Election

This Discussion Paper examines the question of how women contest and win elections in Bougainville, through an analysis of the campaign experiences of successful, near-successful and less successful women candidates. It adds to the empirical literature on women’s political representation in the region through an in-depth study of women candidates in the 2015 Bougainville election: their profiles, motivations and campaign strategies. Furthermore, it analyses the impacts of three issues that emerged as common themes in discussions around women’s participation in political decision making in Bougainville: the electoral system, money politics and matrilineal traditions.

Author: Dr Kerryn Baker

Institution: State Society & Governance in Melanesia Project, ANU

File size and type: 301.42 KB

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Gender Equality: Women’s participation and leadership in governments at the local level

Gender Equality: Women’s participation and leadership in governments at the local level

This report by UNDP provides research and analysis of the underlying causes for the lack of participation by women in leadership at local and national levels to help policymakers and all stakeholders who are trying to improve participation and leadership by women leading to also security and safety of women in the region. Following from the Women’s Representation in Local Government in Asia-Pacific: Status Report 2010 and the regional conference on South Asia Women’s Political Leadership in Dhaka held in 2011, and the common declaration on Women’s Political Leadership in South Asia, the report analyses where progress has been made, and more importantly, where and why progress has fallen short, concluding with recommendations for how changes may be made within the emerging trends in the region. The report also has collected an impressive amount of statistics on women’s political representation at the national, district and local levels, as well as showing the different trends in South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands, which can facilitate targeted interventions by the various stakeholders engaged in gender empowerment.

Author: UNDP

Institution: N/A

File size and type: 1.53 MB

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Public Perceptions of Women in Leadership – a Research Project of the Fiji Women’s Forum

Public Perceptions of Women in Leadership – a Research Project of the Fiji Women’s Forum

This 2014 study looks at the perception of women in politics and leadership generally in Fiji. The study draws attention to the gender bias that lies at the heart of why women are under-represented in government and the necessity for definitive action to support women's political participation.  A copy of the report can be obtained either from Fiji Women's Rights Movement, FemLINKpacific, the National Council of Women or the Soqosoqo Vakamarama iTaukei.

A two page brief from the International Women's Development Agency (IWDA) summarizes the findings and recommendations from the report.  The research was done in partnership with IWDA.

Author: Fiji Women's Forum/International Women's Development Agency

Institution: N/A

File size and type: 541.60 KB

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Mapping of existing legislation, programs and other mechanisms to support Women’s Leadership in the Pacific

Mapping of existing legislation, programs and other mechanisms to support Women’s Leadership in the Pacific

This paper was commission by the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Programme of the Australian Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade. The paper provides examples of existing programs, strategies, legislation and other mechanisms that aim to improve women’s leadership and decision-making in politics, government and business in the Pacific. In addition, the paper looks at leadership in relation to improving the safety of women and children; and enhancing leadership of young women. Reviews of programs are included where available.

Author: Dr Helen Tavola

Institution: Pacific Women/DFAT

File size and type: 1.01 MB

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2013 Global Gender Gap Report

2013 Global Gender Gap Report

The Global Gender Gap Index, introduced by the World Economic Forum in 2006, is a framework for capturing the magnitude and scope of gender-based disparities and tracking their progress. The Index benchmarks national gender gaps on economic, political, education and health
criteria, and provides country rankings that allow for effective comparisons across regions and income groups, and over time. The rankings are designed to create greater awareness among a global audience of the challenges posed by gender gaps and the opportunities created by
reducing them. The methodology and quantitative analysis behind the rankings are intended to serve as a basis for designing effective measures for reducing gender gaps.

Author: 2013 Global Gender Gap Report / World Economic Forum

Institution: N/A

File size and type: 6.62 MB

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Women’s leadership: Evidence Review

Women’s leadership: Evidence Review

The Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) commissioned a literature review to explored:
-  Definition of women’s leadership: How does Australian aid define women’s leadership (in policies, strategies or programs)? How does this compare to other donor approaches and international literature?
-  Data availability and quality: Are there adequate data (in Australian aid and other donor contexts) to assess the effectiveness of women’s leadership programs on gender-equality outcomes and broader development outcomes? What is the quality of these data?
-  Leadership and empowerment links: Is there evidence to link women’s economic empowerment and women’s leadership outcomes? What does existing evidence say and what is the quality of this evidence?

A second report was commissed to help guide ODE to design an evaluation of AusAID’s support for women’s leadership. The Evaluability Report synthesises evidence collected through an evaluability assessment. This involved a review of the international literature, documents from seven AusAID programs which have supported women’s leadership, and tracer studies from five Award programs.

Author: Literature Review

Institution: Office of Development Effectiveness, AusAID/DFAT

File size and type: 1.32 MB

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Author: Evaluability Assessment

Institution: Jessica Kenway, Chris Bradley, Michelle Lokot

File size and type: 1.37 MB

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Project Report: Candidates Training: ‘Transformative Leadership and Campaign Training for potential women candidates’

Project Report: Candidates Training: ‘Transformative Leadership and Campaign Training for potential women candidates’

This Project Report summarises candidates’ training that was held in Honiara, Solmon Islands for five days from the 2nd-6th December 2013. Fifteen participants from 8 provinces in the Solomon Islands attended the training. This included three men twelve potential women candidates from 8 provinces (including Honiara) who expressed interest in contesting the 2014 National Elections were identified by the Solomon Islands National Council of
Women to participate in the training. The training was organised by Voic Blong Meri and UN Women Pacific.

Author: Project Report

Institution: Voic Blong Meri / UN Women Pacific

File size and type: 899.17 KB

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Women MP’s in Samoa and Kiribati

Women MP’s in Samoa and Kiribati

This paper was produced as part of the State, Society and Governance in Melanesia Project, ANU, briefing paper series.

Author: Kerryn Baker, Roannie Ng Shiu and Jack Corbett

Institution: SSGM, ANU

File size and type: 257.15 KB

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Evaluation Report: Rise Up! Young Women’s Leadership Program

Evaluation Report: Rise Up! Young Women’s Leadership Program

This evaluation was commissioned to review the Rise Up! program of the YWCA Solomon Islands. This Program is in its fourth year of implementation and has reached over 700 people in 4 different provinces of the Solomon Islands. Rise Up! is funded through the Pacific Leadership Program, a Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade–Australian Aid initiative that supports influential Pacific leaders to shape and lead developmental change, and the World YWCA, a global network of women and girls working for justice, peace, health, human dignity and care for the environment.

Author: Angela Lomasia and Rose Burns

Institution: YWCA Solomon Islands

File size and type: 4.54 MB

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Toktok bilong helpim ol meri i laik sanap long 2013 ileksen long PNG: Kempein Hanbuk

Toktok bilong helpim ol meri i laik sanap long 2013 ileksen long PNG: Kempein Hanbuk

Author: Hap 1: Lokol-levol Gavman em wanem samting; Hap 2: Lokol-levol Gavman Ileksen

Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions

File size and type: 1.62 MB

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Author: Hap 3: Kempein long win

Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions

File size and type: 2.56 MB

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Author: Hap4: Kempein Plen

Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions

File size and type: 1.18 MB

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A Guide for Women Candidates in the 2013 LLG elections in PNG – Campaign Handbook

A Guide for Women Candidates in the 2013 LLG elections in PNG – Campaign Handbook

PNG’s Office for the Development of Women (ODW) wants to help women who are thinking about contesting the 2013 Local-level Government (LLG) elections.

As part of this help ODW is supporting the distribution of a Campaign Handbook for potential LLG women candidates that has been prepared by the Centre for Democratic Institutions.

The Handbook is part of a strategy to help women candidates prepare well for the election and increase their chances of success. The advice and checklists contained in the Handbook will help women candidates to make decisions about whether they are ready to stand for election and how to plan their campaigns. The Handbook contains practical information to help potential candidates:

  • Part 1: Understand the role of LLG councilors, presidents and mayors
  • Part 2: Understand LLG election laws
  • Part 3: Thinking clearly about why they want to stand for election and what they have to offer their communities and
  • Part 4: Preparing a winning election campaign.

Contact the Office for the Development of Women in Port Moresby for more information - text or phone them on (+675) 7064 0560 or (+675) 7064 0562.

You can access the Handbook in electronic form in English (below) and Tok Pisin (above) in the link provided. Due to the heavy size of the publication, we have broken the publication down into 3 parts for ease of downloading.

Author: Part 1: Local Level Government; & Part 2: Local level Government Elections

Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions

File size and type: 1.58 MB

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Author: Part 3: Campaigning to Win

Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions

File size and type: 2.43 MB

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Author: Part 4: Campaigning to Win

Institution: Centre for Democratic Institutions

File size and type: 1.17 MB

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