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The long road to becoming a parliamentarian in Samoa: political apprenticeship, learning new language and pushing gender boundaries

Tuuau, Ali'imalemanu Alofa; Howard, Elise


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. Samoa ranks 166th out of 191 in global rankings on women’s representation in national parliaments. While the quota system in Samoa guarantees women comprise 10 per cent of national parliamentary members, Hon. Ali‘imalemanu‘s story reveals how the matai or chiefly system and its associated decisionmaking and language systems present...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Dept. of Pacific Affairs (DPA) formerly State, Society and Governance in Melanesia (SSGM) Program
Date published: 2019
Type: Working/Technical Paper
Source: Department of Pacific Affairs Discussion paper 2019/4
DOI: 10.25911/5dee14df1a06a
Access Rights: Open Access


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