Samoa

DP 2019/04 The Long Road to Becoming a Parliamentarian in Samoa: Political Apprenticeship, Learning New Language and Pushing Gender Boundaries

In this Discussion Paper, Hon. Ali‘imalemanu Alofa Tuuau tells her story of becoming a member of the National Legislative Assembly in Samoa in 2016.

A Watershed Moment, or Business as Usual? Female Candidates and Quota Implementation in the 2016 Samoan Election

The 2016 general election was the first ever held in Samoa using a constitutionally mandated minimum guaranteed level of women’s representation. The ‘safety net’ gender

Democratisation and Electoral Trends in Samoa

In 1990, the Samoa passed legislation broadening its electoral franchise.

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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