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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 French territories in the region), and the percentage of women in Pacific parliaments currently hovers at 8.0% (as of January 2019).

Regional Trends:

Pacific Women MPs 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 As at Jan 2019
Numbers 26 32 30 35 40 44 45
% 4.7% 5.7% 5.4% 6.3% 7.2% 7.9% 8.0%
 
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 December 2018) is 24.1% women and 75.9% men.

In Pacific Islands Forum countries, not including Australia and New Zealand, as of January 2019, there are only 45 women MPs out of 560 MPs altogether who are currently sitting in their national legislatures.

Countries Number of MPs Number of Women
Fiji 51 10
Kiribati 46 3
Niue 20 5
PNG 111 0
Palau 29* 4
Cook Islands 24 6
Samoa 50 5***
Tuvalu 15 1
Tonga 26** 2
Marshall Islands 33 3
Solomon Islands 50 1
Nauru 19 2
Tokelau 20 3
Federated States of Micronesia 14 0
Vanuatu 52 0
* 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.

** 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 womens representation in Parliament.

Hon. Agnes Helen Armstrong

Party: Democratic Party

Electorate: Ivirua

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon. Selina Napa

Party: Democratic Party

Electorate: Titikaveka

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon. Te Hani Brown

Party: Democratic Party

Electorate: Tengtangi-Areora-Ngatiarua

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon. Tetangi Matapo

Party: Democratic Party

Electorate: Tamarua Constituency

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon. Tina Browne

Party: Democratic Party

Electorate: Rakahanga

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament (Opposition)

Hon. Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown

Party: Cook Islands Party

Electorate: Teenui-Mapumai Constituency

Province: N/A

Political Status: Deputy Speaker and Member of Parliament

Hon. Adi Litia Qionibaravi

Party: SODELPA

Electorate: N/A

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament (Opposition)

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Hon. Lenora Qereqeretabua

Party: National Federation Party

Electorate: N/A

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament (Opposition)

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Hon. Lynda Tabuya

Party: Social Democratic LIberal Party

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament (Opposition)

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Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa

Party: FijiFirst

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

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

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Hon. Premila Kumar

Party: FijiFirst

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)

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament (Opposition)

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Hon. Rosy Sofia Akbar

Party: FijiFirst

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)

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of the Opposition

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Hon. Selai Adimaitoga

Party: FijiFirst

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Assistant Minister for iTaukei Affairs

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Hon. Veena Kumar Bhatnagar

Party: FijiFirst

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

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

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Hon Tangariki Reete

Party: Maurin Kiribati

Electorate: Betio

Province: South Tarawa

Political Status: Member of the Opposition

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Hon Teima Onorio

Party: Boutokan Te Koaua (Government)

Electorate: Arorae

Province: Arorae

Political Status: Member of the Opposition

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Hon. Shiu Fung Kumho

Party: N/A

Electorate: N/A

Province: South Tarawa

Political Status: N/A

H.E. Dr. Hilda Heine

Party: Independent

Electorate: Aur

Province: N/A

Political Status: President of Republic of Marshall Islands

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Hon Amenta Mathew

Party: Independent

Electorate: Utrok

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister of Internal Affairs

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Hon. Daisy Alik-Momotaro

Party: Independent

Electorate: Jaluit

Province: N/A

Political Status: Senator

Hon. Gabrissa Hartman

Party: N/A

Electorate: Constituency of Ubenide

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Ms Charmaine Eraidinomo Scotty

Party: N/A

Electorate: Constituency of Yaren

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Education, Home Affairs, Land management

Hon. Joan Sisiati Tahafa Viliamu

Party: N/A

Electorate: Common roll (Open seat)

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP - Common Roll seat

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Hon. Maureen Melekitama

Party: N/A

Electorate: Mutulau

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP

Hon. Mona Ainuu

Party: N/A

Electorate: Tuapa

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP

Hon. O’Love Jacobsen

Party: N/A

Electorate: Common roll (Open seat)

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP - Common Roll seat

Hon. Va’aiga Paotama Tukuitonga

Party: N/A

Electorate: Alofi North

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP

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Delegate Dilami Saiske

Party: N/A

Electorate: Ngarchelong

Province: Ngarchelong

Political Status: Delegate

Delegate Victoria Ngiratkakl-Kanai

Party: N/A

Electorate: Airai State

Province: Airai State

Political Status: Delegate

Senator J. Uduch Sengebau-Senior

Party: None

Electorate: Common Roll

Province: N/A

Political Status: Senator

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Senator Rukebai Inabo

Party: None

Electorate: Common Roll

Province: N/A

Political Status: Senator

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Hon. Aliimalemanu Alofa Tuuau

Party: Human Rights Peoples Party

Electorate: Alataua West

Province: N/A

Political Status: Chair of Parliamentary Committee for Finance and Expenditure

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Hon. Faaulusau Rosa Duffy-Stowers

Party: Human Rights Peoples Party

Electorate: Gagaifomauga No. 3

Province: N/A

Political Status: MP

Hon. Fiame Naomi Mataafa

Party: Human Rights Peoples Party

Electorate: Lotofaga

Province: N/A

Political Status: Deputy Prime Minister; Minister for Natural Resources & Environment

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Hon. Gatoloaifa’na Amataga Alesana Gidlow

Party: N/A

Electorate: Fa'asalele'aga No. 1

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Hon. Tofa Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers

Party: Human Rights Peoples Party

Electorate: Gagaifomauga No.1

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Women, Community and Social Development

Hon. Lanelle Tanangada

Party: Independent

Electorate: Gizo/Kolombangara

Province: Western

Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon ‘Akosita Havili Lavulavu

Party: Independent

Electorate: Vava'u 16

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament (2017)

Hon. Losaline Ma’asi

Party: N/A

Electorate: Tongatapu 5

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Internal Affairs

Dr Puakena Boreham

Party: Independent

Electorate: Nui

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Natural Resources and Lands

No Women MPs