This was highlighted by the Fijian president Jioji Konrote at the Pacific Women in Power Forum where the Cook Islands women Members of Parliament were present this week.
MPs Te-Hani Brown, Selina Matenga-Napa, Agnes Armstrong, Tina Browne, and Rose Brown were at the two-day meet that was organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Fiji for Pacific women MPs in Nadi, Fiji.
Konrote said: “In the Cook Island’s election last year we saw a record number of women elected to Parliament with twenty-five percent of Cook Island’s Members of Parliament now being women.
“Across the Pacific today, there is progress in this area and we should celebrate this much welcomed trend and progress whilst at the same time encouraging more action and positive changes in this regard”.
According to UNDP the forum allows for women MPs to interact and engage on key issues relevant to their leadership roles and the Pacific context in general.
Topics discussed in the last two days included support networks for women MPs, women in politics, candidates training, economic empowerment, integrity and leadership.
Women MPs from the Parliaments of Cook Islands, Fiji, Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Tuvalu were present.
The forum also provided an opportunity for women MPs to network with key stakeholders championing the cause of women’s economic and political empowerment in the Pacific.