IWDA update on elections in the Pacific region

June 4, 2014

Women’s political representation in the Pacific is incredibly low. Only 3.2% of seats in national parliaments in Pacific Island countries are held by women. At a time when representation in this region remains static and the global average is almost seven times higher at 21.8%, IWDA supports program partners in the Pacific to promote women’s civil and political participation.

A number of elections will take place this year within the Pacific region, including IWDA program partner countries Solomon Islands and Fiji. The Solomon Islands election will be the first election to take place since the withdrawal of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, supported by Australian Aid since 2003.

IWDA is working closely with a local partner in Solomon Islands, the Women’s Rights Action Network (WRAM) to advocate for more women in the upcoming election. WRAM is also active in tracking Solomon Island’s action toward UN Conventions such as the Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. IWDA is providing support to this young organisation to strengthen their capacity to drive women’s inclusion in decision-making in Solomon Islands.

We look forward to bringing you more information about our Pacific partners as events unfold later in the year.