women

Women's Representation and the Use of Reserved Seats in Bougainville

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville currently has the Pacific's only parliamentary reserved seats for women system.

Reaching into the Bilum: Motherhood as a Source of Women's Power in Papua New Guinea

This paper focuses on an important aspect of preliminary findings from two research projects conducted in Papua New Guinea. The preliminary findings note the significance of women's status as mothers and the ways in which women draw on this role to construct new paths for themselves in the political and economic spheres.

Women MPs in Samoa and Kiribati

It is established that the percentage of women elected to parliament in the Pacific region is amongst the lowest in the world. In this paper the authors do not revisit debates about why this is the case, but identify a common profile of successful women MPs in the Pacific by looking at two countries where they have been relatively well represented — Samoa and Kiribati. In doing so, they identify a number of characteristics that do matter for women MPs.

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