Pacific delegates explore options to boost women’s political participation


A regional conference was recently held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea to discuss the initiatives Pacific Island jurisdictions have taken to increase the number of women in parliaments.

“Each Pacific country will approach this issue in their own way,” said Roy Trivedy, United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative. “I am hopeful that this conference will allow different countries to learn from each other to ensure that women increasingly take their rightful places in Pacific parliaments.”

The conference focused on the following questions:

  • How could temporary special measures increase women’s representation in parliaments?
  • Which countries have introduced legally binding temporary special measures and what are the different models used?
  • What were the steps taken by case study countries that followed a process from agreeing that temporary special measures were needed through to implementing them?

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