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Women have never comprised more than 30% of the membership of national parliaments in the Pacific Islands Countries since Independence (not counting Australia, New Zealand, and the territories of United States of America and French respectively in the region), and the percentage of women in Pacific parliaments currently hovers at 8.4% (as at February 2021).

Regional Trends:

Pacific Women MPs 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019  2020 May 2021
Numbers 26 32 30 35 40 44 47 49 48
% 4.7 5.7 5.4 6.3 7.2 7.9 8.4 8.8 8.6
 
Representation at sub-national decision-making is at similarly low levels.
 
In comparison, the Inter-Parliamentary Union reports that the world average of all elected members (as of 1st May 2020) is 25% women and 75% men.

In Pacific Islands Forum countries, not including Australia and New Zealand, as of February 2021 there are only 48 women MPs out of 560 MPs altogether who are currently sitting in their national legislatures.

Countries Number of MPs Number of Women % of Women
Cook Islands 24 6 25
Niue 20 5 25
Tokelau 20 4 20
Fiji 51 11 21.5
Tonga 26* 3 11.5
Nauru 19 2 10.5
Samoa 50 5** 10
Kiribati 46 4 8.6
Palau 29*** 2 (plus female Vice President) 6.9
Tuvalu 15 1 6.7
Marshall Islands 33 2 6.1
Solomon Islands 50 3 6.0
PNG 111 0 0
Federated States of Micronesia 14 0 0
Vanuatu 52 0 0
* This includes the elected representatives of the Nobles (9 members) and the people (17 members).

**This includes the 4 elected women representatives together with the next highest polling woman included as part of Samoa’s ‘special measure’ for 10% of women’s representation in Parliament.

*** This number refers to both Houses of Congress in Palau – the House of Delegates with 16 members, and the House of Senate with 13 members.

Hon. Agnes Helen Armstrong

Party: Democratic Party

Term: 2019 - 2022

Electorate: Ivirua

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon. Selina Napa

Party: Democratic Party

Term: N/A

Electorate: Titikaveka

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon. Te Hani Brown

Party: Democratic Party

Term: 2018 - 2021

Electorate: Tengtangi-Areora-Ngatiarua

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon. Tetangi Matapo

Party: Democratic Party

Term: N/A

Electorate: Tamarua Constituency

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon. Tina Browne

Party: Democratic Party

Term: 2018 - 2021

Electorate: Rakahanga

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament (Opposition)

Hon. Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown

Party: Cook Islands Party

Term: N/A

Electorate: Teenui-Mapumai Constituency

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Health, and holds the portfolio for Justice, and Agriculture

Hon. Adi Litia Qionibaravi

Party: SODELPA

Term: 2018 - 2022

Electorate: N/A

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament (Opposition)

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Hon. Lenora Qereqeretabua

Party: National Federation Party

Term: 2018 - 2022

Electorate: N/A

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament (Opposition)

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Hon. Lynda Tabuya

Party: Social Democratic LIberal Party

Term: 2018 - 2022

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament (Opposition)

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Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa

Party: FijiFirst

Term: 2014 - 2018; 2018 - 2022

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Women, Children, and Poverty Alleviation

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Hon. Premila Kumar

Party: FijiFirst

Term: 2018 - 2022

Electorate: N/A

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Industry,Trade, Tourism, Local Govt, Housing & Community Development

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Hon. Ro Teimumu Vuikaba Kepa

Party: Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA)

Term: 2001 - 2006; 2006; 2014 - 2018; 2018 - 2022

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament (Opposition)

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Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar

Party: FijiFirst

Term: 2014 -2017; 2018 - 2022

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Health and Medical Services

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Hon. Salote Vuibureta Radrodro

Party: Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA)

Term: 2014 - 2018; 2018 - 2022

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of the Opposition

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Hon. Selai Adimaitoga

Party: FijiFirst

Term: 2018 - 2021

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Assistant Minister for iTaukei Affairs

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Hon. Tanya Waqanika

Party: SODELPA

Term: 2020-2022

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of the Opposition

Hon. Veena Kumar Bhatnagar

Party: FijiFirst

Term: 2014 - 2018; 2018 - 2022

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Assistant Minister for Women, Children, and Poverty Alleviation

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Hon Taabeta Teakai

Party: Independent

Term: 2020 - ongoing

Electorate: South Tarawa

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

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Hon Teima Onorio

Party: Boutokan Te Koaua (Government)

Term: 2003 - 2007; 2007 - 2012; 2012 - 2016; 2020 - ongoing

Electorate: Arorae

Province: Arorae

Political Status: Member of the Opposition

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Hon Tessie Lambourne

Party: Independent

Term: 2020 - ongoing

Electorate: Abemama

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

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Hon. Shiu Fung Jong

Party: Pillars of Truth

Term: 2016-2020; 2020 - ongoing

Electorate: South Tarawa

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

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Hon Dr. Hilda Heine

Party: Independent

Term: 2011-15, 2015-current

Electorate: Aur

Province: N/A

Political Status: Opposition Member

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Hon Kitlang Kabua

Party: N/A

Term: 2019 - current

Electorate: Kwajalein Municipality

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister of Education, Sports and Training

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Hon Charmaine Eraidinomo Scotty

Party: N/A

Term: June 2013 - June 2016; July 2016 - 2019; 2019 - 2022

Electorate: Constituency of Yaren

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon. Isabelle Dageago

Party: Independent

Term: 2019 - 2022

Electorate: Yaren District

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Health; and Home Affairs

Hon. Joan Sisiati Tahafa Viliamu

Party: N/A

Term: 2

Electorate: Common roll (Open seat)

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP - Common Roll seat

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Hon. Maureen Melekitama

Party: N/A

Term: 1

Electorate: Mutulau

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP

Hon. Mona Ainuu

Party: N/A

Term: 1

Electorate: Tuapa

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP

Hon. O’Love Jacobsen

Party: N/A

Term: 1

Electorate: Common roll (Open seat)

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP - Common Roll seat

Hon. Va’aiga Paotama Tukuitonga

Party: N/A

Term: 2

Electorate: Alofi North

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP

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Delegate Victoria Ngiratkakl-Kanai

Party: N/A

Term: 2016-2020; 2020-current

Electorate: Airai State

Province: Airai State

Political Status: Delegate

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Senator Rukebai Inabo

Party: None

Term: 2016-20; 2020-current

Electorate: Common Roll

Province: National Senate

Political Status: Current Senator

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Vice-President J. Uduch Sengebau-Senior

Party: None

Term: Senator (2012-16; 2016-20); Vice President 2021 - current

Electorate: N/A

Province: Palau

Political Status: Vice-President of Palau

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No Women MPs

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Hon Fiame Naomi Mataafa

Party: F.A.S.T Party

Term: 1985 - current

Electorate: Lotofaga

Province: N/A

Political Status: Prime Minister

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Hon Leota Tima Leavai

Party: Human Rights Peoples Party

Term: 2021 - current

Electorate: Falealupo

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP

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Hon Matamua Vasati Pulufana

Party: F.A.S.T Party

Term: 2021 - current

Electorate: Fa’asaleleaga No.1

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP

Hon Mulipola Rosa Molioo

Party: F.A.S.T Party

Term: 2021 - current

Electorate: Palauli No.1

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP

Hon Tofa Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers

Party: Human Rights Peoples Party

Term: 2014-2016; 2016-2021; 2021-current

Electorate: Gagaifomauga No.1

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP

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Hon Ethel Lency Vokia

Party: Independent

Term: 2020 - ongoing

Electorate: North East Guadalcanal

Province: Guadalcanal

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon Freda Tuki Soriocomua

Party: People’s Alliance Party

Term: 2014 - 2018; 2019 - 2023

Electorate: Temotu Vatud

Province: Temotu

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon Lillian Maefai

Party: Our Party

Term: 2019 - current

Electorate: East Makira

Province: Makira Province

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon. Lanelle Tanangada

Party: Independent

Term: 2018 - 2019; 2019 - 2023

Electorate: Gizo/Kolombangara

Province: Western

Political Status: Member of Parliament

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‘Akosita Havili Lavulavu

Party: Independent

Term: 2: 2016 - 2017; 2017 - 2021

Electorate: Vava'u 16

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister of Cabinet for Government

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Dr ‘Amelia Tu’ipulotu

Party: N/A

Term: 2019 - 2021

Electorate: Appointed

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Health

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Hon. Losaline Ma’asi

Party: N/A

Term: 1: October 2017 - current

Electorate: Tongatapu 5

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Dr Puakena Boreham

Party: Independent

Term: N/A

Electorate: Nui

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Natural Resources and Lands

No Women MPs