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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.

START: A Guide to Campaigning for Pacific Women

START: A Guide to Campaigning for Pacific Women

This booklet aims to help women who want to get involved in their own local, national and regional governance to get STARTed to take on the challenge of elections. The START strategy has been developed as a quick reference point, to help women remember some of the key issues they will need to consider and key activities they need to undertake when running for elections. It is based on the experiences of Pacific women themselves who have stood for election, drawing on their successes and the lessons they learned along the way.

Author: N/A

Institution: UNDP Pacific Centre & PIFS

File size and type: 10.89 MB

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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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A woman’s place is in the House – the House of Parliament: Chpt 4 – Advancing Women’s Representation in Tonga

A woman’s place is in the House – the House of Parliament: Chpt 4 – Advancing Women’s Representation in Tonga

Since women were granted the right to vote and stand as political candidates in 1951, only four women have been voted into Parliament as People’s Representatives in the Legislative Assembly.  Women have very recently been represented by appointment to Ministerial Positions of the Crown and by election to Town Officer, and by employment in decision-making levels of the public sector.  
The composition of the Parliament disadvantages women by restricting eligibility for seats such that only nine seats out of the total 33 seats of the house reserved for People’s Representatives represent potential seats for women MPs.  Processes of socialisation and attitudes further limit the tendency of voters to choose women candidates, though this is changing. Moreover, within the private sector women are advancing and there are successful businesses led by women including larger institutions.   

Author: ‘Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki

Institution: PIFS

File size and type: 916.86 KB

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A woman’s place is in the House – the House of Parliament: Chpt 3 – Developing a More Facilitating Environment for Women’s Political Participation in Nauru

A woman’s place is in the House – the House of Parliament: Chpt 3 – Developing a More Facilitating Environment for Women’s Political Participation in Nauru

Author: Alamanda Roland Lauti & Jon Fraenkel

Institution: PIFS

File size and type: 619.38 KB

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A woman’s place is in the House – the House of Parliament: Chpt 2 – Impact of Electoral Systems on Women’s Representation in Pacific Parliaments

A woman’s place is in the House – the House of Parliament: Chpt 2 – Impact of Electoral Systems on Women’s Representation in Pacific Parliaments

Author: Jon Fraenkel

Institution: PIFS

File size and type: 946.05 KB

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A woman’s place is in the House – the House of Parliament: Chpt 1 – Factors Which Enable and Constrain the Advancement of Women’s Political Representation in Forum Island Countries

A woman’s place is in the House – the House of Parliament: Chpt 1 – Factors Which Enable and Constrain the Advancement of Women’s Political Representation in Forum Island Countries

Author: Elise Huffer

Institution: PIFS

File size and type: 477.83 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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A woman’s place is in the House – the House of Parliament: Chpt 5 – Advancing Women’s Political Participation in Tuvalu

A woman’s place is in the House – the House of Parliament: Chpt 5 – Advancing Women’s Political Participation in Tuvalu

Author: Susie Saitala Kofe & Fakavae Taomia

Institution: PIFS

File size and type: 686.91 KB

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Women in Government in Solomon Islands: A diagnostic study

Women in Government in Solomon Islands: A diagnostic study

This study is an examination of the barriers preventing a voice for women in the legislature looking at how a traditional belief in ‘big man’ leadership results in a perception that the national realm of public decision-making is to be exclusively male.  The study considers how women are engaged as peacemakers and have obtained certain forms of recognition through dedicated government and civil society women's agencies, yet are hindered by fragmentation and disconnect between the village-level and the government. The Diagnostic Study found that a absence of a common vision for the advancement of women and constraints encountered in the electoral system, electoral process and during the campaign period are systemic and traditional obstacles. The Study offers details of women's experiences of the same, as well as recommendations for necessary change. 

Author: Sherrill Whittington, Sofi Ospina & Alice Aruhe’eta Pollard

Institution: RAMSI

File size and type: 686.91 KB

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Outcomes Document: Pacific Regional Workshop on Advancing Women’s Representation in Parliaments

Outcomes Document: Pacific Regional Workshop on Advancing Women’s Representation in Parliaments

From 19-21 April 2006, the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretariat for the Pacific Community, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, UNDP and UNIFEM organised a Pacific Regional Workshop on Advancing Women's Representation in Parliaments, which was held in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Participants included parliamentarians, ministers, national directors and civil society organisation delegates from Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna. Participants endorsed the attached Outcomes Document. 

Author: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

Institution: Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat

File size and type: 83.80 KB

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Beyond Numbers: Women in Politics

Beyond Numbers: Women in Politics

The International IDEA Handbook Series seeks to present comparative analysis, information and insights on a range of democratic institutions and processes. The handbook is.at once an overview, an analysis and a guide, focused on the obstacles faced. by women, the means of overcoming them, the modalities of impacting on and through legislative structures, and the varied and rich experiences available around the world from which tolearn.

Author: International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA)

Institution: Beyond Numbers: Women in Politics

File size and type: 964.44 KB

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Paths For Women in Local Government in Australia

Paths For Women in Local Government in Australia

This report provides a picture of the employment of women in Australian Local Government. The research was undertaken between 2003 and 2004.

Author: Paddon & Artist

Institution: UTS

File size and type: 146.70 KB

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