This report reviews the factors that enable and constrain the advancement of women's political representation in the Pacific region countries. The report consists of five parts that discuss the impact of electoral systems on women's representation in Pacific parliaments and conditions necessary for women’ s political participation and representation in Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu. Read more
The 2012 elections in American Samoa will include the highest number of female candidates in the Territory’s history.
60 candidates are vying for the 20 House of Representatives seats.
And 10 of them are women, including former lawmaker Fiasili Haleck, veteran educator Dr Trudie Iuli Sala and well known business woman, Florence Saulo.
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The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This event will bring together 100-150 activists- women lawyers, academics, advocates and youth leaders. It will be an occasion to celebrate our collective achievements, reflect on our challenges and political climates, deepen feminist knowledge and analysis, strengthen our sisterhood, solidarity and collaboration, and reaffirm our resolve to advance women’s rights.
Workshops will be divided into four... Read more
Samoa shares with its Pacific island neighbors a vulnerability to natural and economic shocks, as well as challenges of social transformation. Over the past several decades Samoa has weathered these storms, progressively strengthening essential service delivery while improving the wellbeing of those facing the greatest hardship. At the Millennium, Samoa was poised to move beyond Least Developed Country (LDC) status. The United Nations (UN) recommended that Samoa move to developing country status in 2003, and the island nation was to officially graduate in 2011. However, on 29 September 2009 a... Read more
The Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) will hold the first ever Asia Pacific Feminist Forum (APFF) on 12-14 December 2011 in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The APFF will bring together women activists, lawyers, academics, advocates and youth leaders to celebrate our collective achievements, reflect on our challenges and shifting political environments, deepen feminist knowledge and analysis, strengthen our sisterhood, solidarity and collaboration and reaffirm our resolve to advance women’s rights. For more information visit the APWLD website. Workshops will focus on: 1. ... Read more
From the next general elections at least five seats in Samoan Parliament will be occupied by women. Passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill 2013 this morning made that law. “It’s a new dawn for women,” Speaker of Parliament, La’auli Leuatea Fosi said. An outbreak of clapping by MPs greeted passage of the bill. None of the 44 MPs present in Parliament voted against it. Opposition party Tautua Samoa Party joined Government to make the amendment law. It reserves 10 percent of the seats in Parliament for women electoral candidates. With 49 seats in Parliament this works out to five seats... Read more
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... Read more
Samoa’s Parliament has decided to unanimously endorse an amendment to the constitution which will allow five parliamentary seats to be allotted to women candidates.
The amendment was discussed in the house before the third and final reading on Monday, with all 44 MPs present backing the amendment.
Talamua Online reports a flexible formula under which if no woman is elected to Parliament five women candidates who get the highest number of votes will get the allocated seats. This would mean the number of seats would be increased to 54. If less than five women win seats the female candidates... Read more
Samoa's newly re-elected prime minister has raised the ire of Pacific feminists by claiming one female MP in his cabinet is "more than enough". Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi swore in his 13-members cabinet over the weekend after winning a comfortable majority in the March 4 election. The leader had an elected group of two women and 34 men to select from, and said his final mix of one female minister and 12 male in cabinet got the gender balance "just right". But Fiji-based women's rights group Femlink said the prime minister clearly misunderstood the goal of gender equality.
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This is a quick guide to campaigning for Pacific women. It features case studies of Pacific women who have stood for national elections in their respective countries. In these case studies, they share practical tips for campaigning, their struggles and triumphs. START spells out 5 quick steps one can consider when deciding to stand for elections. Read more
This publication is divided into 10 chapters. Chapter 1 introduces and provides an overview of the indicators that have been developed and applied to assess CEDAW legislative compliance in the 9 Pacific Island countries. National constitutions and existing laws in 9 Pacific Island countries were measured and the results indicate that there are varying levels of compliance from country to country and with the various indicators developed for each of the 16 CEDAW articles in the 9 Pacific Island Countries reviewed.
Chapters 2-10 contain the results of the two desk reviews that together show the... Read more
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At 24, Tahere Si’isi’ialafia’s Baha’i of Samoa is a board member of the Pacific Youth Council and has represented the UN Major Group for Children and Youth at several high-level international meetings, including the 58th Commission on the Status of Women. Passionate about sustainable development and gender equality, she provides a unique perspective, for she is studying for her Masters in Social Work at the University of West Indies in Jamaica, a SIDS country, and is taking part in the Third International SIDS Conference in her native Samoa. She speaks to UN... Read more