Desk Review of the Factors Which Enable and Constrain the Advancement of Women’s Political Representation in Forum Island Countries
Author: Elise Huffer
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The Pacific Forum Island Countries (FICs) have formally recognised that the participation of women in political decision-making needs to be enhanced. However, the political advancement of women remains constrained by both institutional and attitudinal factors. Addressing these problems requires both regional and national approaches.
All FICs have endorsed the UN resolutions dealing with the promotion of women's representation in decision-making, such as The Beijing Platform for Action (1995) and the UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. Most FICs also have constitutions that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, and a few have even adopted polices to address the representation of women in decision-making. Additionally, many Pacific cultures have traditionally valued the complementary, if separate, roles of men and women, and have a pool of well-educated women.
However, barriers to women's advancement remain, restricting the realisation of women's rights to political representation. Barriers include the following:
The lack of representation of women in decision-making is a common feature of all FICs. It is therefore urgent that the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat begins redressing this problem as part of its Plan for the Collective Future of the Pacific by:
Huffer E., 2006, 'Chapter 1: Desk Review of the Factors Which Enable and Constrain the Advancement of Women's Political Representation in Forum Island Countries ', in Forum Island Countries' in Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS), A Woman's Place is in the House - the House of Parliament: Research to Advance Women’s Political Representation in Forum Island Countries, Fiji