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Women's Under-Representation and Special Measures in the Tongan Parliament

Baker, Kerryn


After the 2014 general election, Tonga now joins five other states (three of which are also in the Pacific Islands region) in having no female members of their lower or single house of parliament. Since Tongan women won the right to vote and stand as candidates in 1951, there have been only seven women parliamentarians — four women elected as people’s representatives, and three appointed to parliament by the king or the prime minister.

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 2015
Type: Working/Technical Paper
DOI: 10.25911/5f20081c81a5f
Access Rights: Open Access


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