Political Representation and Women’s Empowerment in Samoa (Vol.1 and 2)

Author/s: Centre for Samoan Studies

This report provides the findings, analysis and policy significance of research aimed to better understand the barriers to women’s political participation in Samoa. The paradoxical situation is that Samoan women have achieved approximate equality to men in most modern spheres of government and the economy, yet have never, since Samoa’s independence in 1962, succeeded in winning more that five seats in the 49 seat parliament. In most parliaments, women have held only one or two seats, usually for a single term. In 2015 Samoa was among the countries ranked lowest int he world for women’s representation in parliament, at 128 out of 140 countries.

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  • Publisher: Centre for Samoan Studies
  • Date Published: July 31, 2015
  • Issue and Volume: Vol 1 & Vol 2
  • Language published in: English
  • Search keywords: Samoa, Elections, Women in Leadership, Parliament

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