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Women in Politics

Women in Politics

Improving the representation of women in political leadership is an issue that cuts across CDI’s entire work program. In particular, the South Pacific has one of the world's lowest levels of female representation in parliament. However, Pacific Island countries have committed to promoting the advancement of women in different spheres of life, including that of political representation, and there is also strong community support for better women’s representation in parliament. For example, almost 90 % of people interviewed in the 2007 People’s Survey in the Solomon Islands said there should be more women in parliament.

CDI places a high priority on gender equality in all our activities. The main goal of the CDI’s gender and political participation program is to work with focus countries to create an environment in which women can advocate on matters of policy, run for political office, be elected and govern effectively, and participate meaningfully in every facet of civic and political life. This requires a focus on gender relations: men’s and women’s roles, responsibilities and decision making in different areas of life, issues of power and control. Engaging men in this process is of utmost importance.

CDI seeks to identify and engage with emerging leaders in our focus countries. We are working to identify and invest in future leaders who can act in the national interest of their countries, with a strong emphasis on nurturing and encouraging women and up-and-coming younger political leaders as a cross-cutting goal across our entire work program - click on this table for details: Gender Equity in CDI's Training Program.

Following is a list of CDI and related activities by year concerned both wholly or in part with issues of gender and women's political representation. Click on each link to access the item in detail:


Vanuatu | Election Observation Mission | October 2012

Vanuatu | Women Candidates Training - 2012 Elections | Port Villa | 6-10 August 2012
PPS 2012/01 | Christine McMurray - National Elections and Women Candidates in Solomon Islands: Results from the People’s Survey
Asia-Pacific | Women in Politics Course | Canberra | 23 November - 1 December 2011

A Guide to Campaigning for Pacific Women | FaHCSIA, PIFs, UNDP | 2008

Women in Government in Solomon Islands - A Diagnostic Study | Whittington, Ospina and Pollard | 2006
A Woman's Place is in the House - The House of Parliament: Research to Advance Women's Political Representation in Forum Island Countries | Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat | 2006
Marian Sawer with Manon Tremblay and Linda Trimble, 'Introduction: Patterns and Practice in the Parliamentary Representation of Women', in Marian Sawer, Manon Tremblay and Linda Trimble (eds), Representing Women in Parliament: A Comparative Study, London & New York: Routledge, pp. 103-19, 2006.

























































The Australian National University

School of International, Political & Strategic Studies

The Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) supports the efforts of democracies in the Asia-Pacific region to strengthen their political systems. It provides training, technical assistance and peer support for parliamentarians, political party organisers and emerging leaders in Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, with a particular focus on Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji. CDI sponsors research and publications on political change and democratic governance.

Established in 1998, CDI is funded by the Australian Government. The Centre is based in the College of Asia and the Pacific at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

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