Pacific countries still low for gender equality in politics

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Pacific countries still low for gender equality in politics

More work needs to be done post-elections in the Pacific to ensure Pacific countries do not remain at the bottom globally for gender equality in politics.

 

The Fiji Women's Forum says more work needs to be done in the Pacific to boost the participation of women in politics and ensure long-term gender parity.

The United Nations has released its Women in Politics Map 2014, which says Micronesia, Palau and Vanuatu are the lowest ranked, without a single woman parliamentarian.

And it says of the 13 countries with less than five percent female representation, five are in the Pacific region - the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Marshall Islands, Tonga and Samoa.

The head of Femlink Pacific, Sharon Bhagwan Rolls, told Mary Baines the UN's estimation that gender equality in politics globally could be reached in 20 years will not happen in the Pacific if hard work doesn't start now.

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