Report – By the PMC news desk
A group of Pacific women parliamentarians, former parliamentarians, future parliamentarians, policy makers and civil society advocates are meeting in Fiji to advance women’s political participation and leadership in the region.
The Pacific Islands have consistently produced the lowest number of women in governance in the world. In the island nations that comprise the Pacific Islands Forum (without Australia and NZ), only 4.7 percent are women. If the 13 women elected in the 2006 Fiji election are not included, the figure drops even lower to 2.6 percent for the remaining countries.
The 20 women from seven different island nations and territories – Cook Islands, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu and West Papua – are participating in the Suva workshop organised by the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) and Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) have come together to address the low levels of participation but also to share approaches to transformative leadership that prioritise consensus building, accountability and solidarity. Read more »