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 email@example.com.
Solomon Islands: 2011 Panatina Compact on Temporary Special Measures for Women
The 2011 National Women’s Convention on Temporary Special Measure (TSM) was held in Honiara from 28-30 September 2011 to review the 2009 TSM approach and take stock of campaign efforts to date. The Convention brought together 50 Women and men from NGOs, Church Organisations, National and Provincial Councils of Women, Provincial Assemblies, Government Ministries, the National Parliament and development partners.
Author: NCW, WISDM & MWYCFA
Institution: NCW, WISDM & MWYCFA
File size and type: 184.99 KBDownload
Papua New Guinea – Women Candidates Training Strategy – 2012 National Elections
The Strategy, which was developed by the PNG Office of the Department for Women, with assistance from CDI and UNDP’s Women in Leadership Project, is a home-grown response to the poor political representation of women in PNG. ODW's Strategy aims to increase the chances of women being elected by proposing a structured sequence of training and advisory events for women candidates and their campaign managers in the 10 months leading up to the election. The planned Strategy includes a first round of regional training workshops during October-December 2011 in Alotau, Mt Hagen, Madang and Kavieng and a second round of progress check workshops during February-April 2012 in the same locations. For more information, click here.
Author: Department for Community Development
Institution: PNG Government
File size and type: 114.99 KBDownload
Designing for Equality: Best-fit, medium-fit and non-favourable combinations of electoral systems and gender quotas
This publication provides an overview of the ‘fit’ of the various electoral systems with different kinds of quota and thereby assesses how increased women’s representation can be achieved under different combinations of electoral systems and quotas. It aims to serve as a reference tool for all those who work to increase women’s representation in politics.
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Women in Politics and Aid Effectiveness: An Aid to Evaluation of MDG 3
This paper discusses Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 3 to 'Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women.' This paper is concerned with the fact that the only indicator for MDG3 is political progress measured by counting the number of women elected to national political office. The author questions whether this is an accurate way to measure the promotion of gender equality and empowerment in the Asia Pacific. Using specific country cases this paper interrogates the ethics of this being the only measure of evaluation/effectiveness, providing discussion about the concept of empowerment, leadership, governance, and effective reporting measures to generate creative and meaningful alternative suggestions for the Asia Pacific context.
Vanuatu: Gender Profiles of Political Parties and Elections
This national study was undertaken by the Vanuatu Department of Women to identify what political parties in Vanuatu have done to promote women's political participation since Independence in 1980. This study is intended to inform the policy direction for the Vanuatu Government’s draft Women in Government policy, through the Department of Women’s Affairs (DWA). The objective of this study is to identify women's participation in political parties, compile data including concerns about gender equality, and identify means for advancing equality in political governance. Lack of financial and human resources to support systematic planning and policy development as well as lack of committment by political parties are cited as challenges to women's equal participation in politics. There is a need for voter education and leadership training for women. The study also provides recommendations for what should be done to strengthen women's engagement in political life in Vanuatu.
Author: Vanuatu Department of Women
Institution: Vanuatu Department of Women
File size and type: 1.48 MBDownload
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 MBDownload
Report: Solomon Islands Women Candidates Training Workshop 2010
Having identified a need for the training and development of future women leaders in the Solomon Islands, the Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) conducted a Women Candidates Training Workshop in Honiara from 8-12 March 2010 in Honiara, Solomon Islands. The workshop commenced on International Women’s Day. CDI’s partners in delivering the workshop were the Solomon Islands National Council of Women (NCW), through their Women in Shared Decision-Making (WISDM) program, the Solomon Islands Ministry of Women, Youth and Children Affairs and the Solomon Islands Parliament.
Institution: Centre For Democratic Institutions
File size and type: 78.43 KBDownload
Leading to Action: A Political Participation Handbook for Women
The Leading to Action Handbook is designed for use as a learning tool focused on the importance of women’s participation as a critical step towards reshaping economic, political, and social conditions to allow for equality in opportunities for both women and men. This publication was developed to empower women to become democratic and participatory leaders, whether the goal is to be elected to office, support a campaign, encourage women to vote, or secure better legislation for the community, or to hone skills to take the next political step. The Handbook is structured to be used in a workshop setting, and can be easily modified by those who use it.
Author: Mahnaz Afkhami & Ann Eisenberg
Institution: Women’s Learning Partnership For Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP)
File size and type: 1.73 MBDownload
Women Leaders in Solomon Islands Public Service: A Personal and Scholarly Reflection
This study sought to identify the reasons that Solomon Islander women are poorly represented in national leadership. It was found that while women are very poorly represented in Parliament there is more to the issue of representation when the scope is broadened to include the public service. The focus includes emerging trends of women’s involvement in leadership positions and discusses the improvement in levels of women’s participation in decision-making circles within the public service. This paper looks at change as inevitable for women's participation in leadership roles, acknowledging that change includes important and hopeful steps forward as well as delays and setbacks.
Author: Asenati Liki
Institution: State, Society & Governance in Melanesia - ANU
File size and type: 423.50 KBDownload
Strengthening Women’s Participation in Municipal Governance in Fiji: Where are the Women?
In Fiji and across the broader Pacific region, emphasis has been placed on data collection about governance at the national level, leading to a lack of data about local governance and therefore a lack of information about women in local government. This paper asks: Where are the women at the local levels of government? Should we be taking more notice? Preliminary research undertaken by the Strengthening Women’s Participation in Municipal Governance (SWPMG) Project in Fiji suggests that women are significantly under-represented in local government leadership and senior management positions even as national governments have been in dialogue about improving and equalising women's representation in public processes.
Author: Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF)
File size and type: 463.65 KBDownload
Utilising Temporary Special Measures To Promote Gender Balance in Pacific Legislatures: A Guide to Options
Utilising Temporary Special Measures to Promote Gender Balance in Pacific Legislatures: A Guide to Options”, is designed as a reference for governments, members of Pacific legislatures, political parties, women candidates and civil society advocates who want to understand the possible options for temporary special measures that could be introduced in the Pacific. This new publication also draws on a range of international resources, but focuses specifically on options for Pacific Islands Forum member countries, taking into account the unique local context of each of the 14 countries examined.
Experiencing the Public Sector: Pacific Women’s Perspectives
This report contains the findings and future research recommendations arising from a short study about the experiences of women in the public sector across the Pacific. Forty women from six Pacific Island countries, namely Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu, identified factors contributing to successes and challenges of working in the public sector. All were senior or middle level public sector employees. The study reveals a range of strategies and obstacles including abuses experienced by female public sector employees.
Author: Dr Kerry Zubrinich & Dr Nicole Haley
Institution: State, Society & Governance in Melanesia - ANU
File size and type: 174.87 KBDownload