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Women’s representation in Pacific Island parliaments

Many Pacific Island countries have a pool of well educated women who are already leaders in their fields, but women continue to be significantly under-represented in most Pacific Island parliaments.

This is the main finding of a recent Research paper by Pleasance Purser of the New Zealand Parliamentary Library.

Since the paper was finalised:

[Photo courtesy of Fiona Way. Pictured are Hon Niki Rattle (Speaker, Cook Islands), Hon Vaaiga Paotama Tukuitonga (Niue), Hon Fiame Naomi Matafa (Samoa), Hon Gatoloaifa’ana Amataga Alesana Gidlow (Samoa), Hon Maere Tekanene (Kiribati) and Hon Rereao Tetaake Eria (Kiribati)]