Women’s political participation programme holds trainings in Apia, Samoa
Journalists and journalism students at the University of Samoa took part in a two-day workshop on gender-sensitive election reporting last week. The trainings are part of the Increasing Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS) programme, which focuses on raising awareness and building capacity for women in parliamentary roles.
Just three Samoan women are currently in parliament. Increasing women’s decision-making and participation in leadership has shown to be effective in improving economic and social development. Gatoloai Tili Afamasaga, IPPWS Coordinator, sees enormous potential for female leadership in Samoa, but says an increase in women in politics will rely on a shift in attitudes around gender roles.