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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 8.2% (as of September 2019).

Regional Trends:

Pacific Women MPs 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 As at Sep 2019
Numbers 26 32 30 35 40 44 47
% 4.7% 5.7% 5.4% 6.3% 7.2% 7.9% 8.3%
 
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 September 2019, there are only 46 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** 3
Marshall Islands 33 3
Solomon Islands 50 2
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. Selina Napa

Party: Democratic Party

Electorate: Titikaveka

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon. Tetangi Matapo

Party: Democratic Party

Electorate: Tamarua Constituency

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon. Vainetutai Rose Toki-Brown

Party: Cook Islands Party

Electorate: Teenui-Mapumai Constituency

Province: N/A

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

Ms. Cassey Tereapii Eggleton

Party: Democratic Party

Electorate: Matavera Constituency

Province: N/A

Political Status: Candidate for July 2014 National elections

Ms. Fanaura Kingstone

Party: Cook Islands Party

Electorate: N/A

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Ms. Maria Tapuanoa Heather

Party: Democratic Party

Electorate: Ruaau

Province: N/A

Political Status: Leader of the House; Under Secretary for Internal Affairs, Works and Physical Planning

Ms. Ngai Ngatara Tupa

Party: Democratic Party

Electorate: Takuvaine-Tutakimoa

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

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Ms. Vaine Iriano Wichman

Party: Cook Ialands Party

Electorate: Ruaau

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Adi Sivia Qoro

Party: People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Nominated Candidate

Hon. Dr. Mere Tuisalalo Samisoni

Party: Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA)

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Hon. Lorna Eden

Party: FijiFirst

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Assistant Minister for Local Government, Housing and Environment

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. Veena Kumar Bhatnagar

Party: FijiFirst

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

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

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Jilila Nalibu Kumar

Party: FijiFirst

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Government Backbencher

Lavinia Kau Padarath

Party: Fiji Labor Party

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Nominated Candidate

Losena Moce Salabula

Party: Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA)

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Nominated Candidate

Monica Nalini Raghwan

Party: Fiji Labor Party

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Nominated Candidate

Nanise Vunisere Kasami Nagusuca

Party: Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA)

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: Nominated Candidate

Roko Tupou Takeiwai Senirewa Draunidalo

Party: Humanity Opportunity Prosperity Equality (HOPE)

Electorate: Fiji

Province: N/A

Political Status: President of HOPE party

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Hon Rereao Tetaake Eria

Party: Boutokan Te Koaua (Government)

Electorate: Teraina

Province: Line Islands

Political Status: Member, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association - Kiribati Branch

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. Maere Tekanene

Party: Boutokan Te Koaua (Government)

Electorate: Tarawa

Province: South Tarawa

Political Status: Minister for Education

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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 Abacca Anjain-Maddison

Party: None

Electorate: Rongelap Atoll

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Hon Amenta Mathew

Party: Independent

Electorate: Utrok

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister of Internal Affairs

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Senator Evelyn Konou

Party: N/A

Electorate: Jaluit

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister of Health Services and Environment (1993); Minister for Education (1994-97)

Hon Ruby Dediya

Party: N/A

Electorate: Anetan/Ewa

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister of Finance (1986-89)

Hon. Taulelehemaama Salilo Tongia

Party: None

Electorate: Makefu

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Governor Akiko C. Bedor Sugiyama

Party: N/A

Electorate: Ngardmau State

Province: Ngardmau State

Political Status: State Governor (current); National Senator (1996-2001)

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Senator Katherine Kesolei

Party: None

Electorate: Common Roll

Province: N/A

Political Status: Senator

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Senator Regina Kyota Mesebeluu

Party: None

Electorate: Common Roll

Province: N/A

Political Status: Senator

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Senator Sandra Pierantozzi

Party: N/A

Electorate: Nation-wide

Province: N/A

Political Status: Floor Leader

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Dame Carol Kidu

Party: National Alliance

Electorate: Port Morseby - West

Province: Central

Political Status: National Parliament - Leader of Opposition

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Dame Josephine Abaijah

Party: N/A

Electorate: Manus Regional

Province: Manus

Political Status: Minster

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Dame Josephine Abaijah

Party: N/A

Electorate: NCD (1977-82); Milne Bay Regional (1997-2000)

Province: NCD (1977-82) Milne Bay (1997-2000)

Political Status: N/A

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Hon Delilah Gore

Party: Triumph Heritage Empowerment (THE) Party

Electorate: Sohe Open

Province: Oro

Political Status: N/A

Hon Julie Soso Akeke

Party: Triumph Heritage Empowerment (THE) Party

Electorate: Eastern Highlands Provincial

Province: Eastern Highlands

Political Status: First ever elected Governor of Eastern Highlands

Hon Loujaya Toni

Party: Indigenous People's Party

Electorate: Lae Open

Province: Morobe

Political Status: Minister for Community Development

Hon Fuimaono Naoia Tei

Party: Samoan Democratic United Party (2006-09) + Tautua Samoa Party (2009-10)

Electorate: Falealili

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon Leaupepe Taulapapa Faimaala Fuatino Vaovasamanaia Filipo

Party: N/A

Electorate: N/A

Province: N/A

Political Status: N/A

Hon Safuneitu’uga Pa’aga Neri

Party: Human Rights People's Party

Electorate: Gagaifomauga No. 2

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister of Communication and Technology

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Freda Tuki Soriocomua

Party: People’s Alliance Party

Electorate: Temotu Vatud

Province: Temotu

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon Hilda Kari

Party: Our Party

Electorate: North East Guadalcanal

Province: Guadalcanal

Political Status: Former Minister of Forests,Conservation & Environment and former Minister for Women, Youth & Sports

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Hon Vika Lusibaea

Party: Independent

Electorate: North Malaita

Province: Malaita

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon. Lanelle Tanangada

Party: Independent

Electorate: Gizo/Kolombangara

Province: Western

Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon ‘Alisi Taumoepeau

Party: N/A

Electorate: Appointed member of Parliament

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Justice & Attorney General

Hon Eseta Fusitu’a

Party: N/A

Electorate: Appointed member of Parliament

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister of Informaton and Communications

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Hon. Dr. ‘Ana Maui Taufe’ulungaki

Party: None

Electorate: N/A

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Education

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Hon Naamal Maheu Latasi

Party: N/A

Electorate: Nanumea

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Health, Education and Community Services

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Hon. Pelenike Tekinene Isaia

Party: None

Electorate: Nui

Province: N/A

Political Status: Minister for Home Affairs and Rural Development

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Hon Hilda Lini

Party: VU and NUP

Electorate: Port Vila

Province: N/A

Political Status: Various ministerial portfolios

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Hon Isabelle Donald

Party: Vanua'aku Pati

Electorate: Epi

Province: Shefa

Political Status: Member of Parliament

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Hon Leinavao Tasso

Party: Vanua'aku Pati

Electorate: Epi

Province: Shefa

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon Maria Crowby

Party: UMP

Electorate: Port Vila

Province: N/A

Political Status: Member of Parliament

Hon. Eta Rory

Party: Vanuatu Republican Party

Electorate: Malekula

Province: N/A

Political Status: Former Minister of Agriculture

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