Charmaine Rodrigues is the Pacific Regional Legislative Strengthening Expert at the UNDP Pacific Center based in Suva. The Center services 3 Pacific country offices and covers a parish of 15 Pacific Island countries. Ms. Rodrigues' work focuses on providing regional and national technical support to Pacific parliaments and parliamentary support projects. Recognizing that the Pacific has the lowest numbers of women parliamentarians in the world, her program also includes support to increase women's representation. Prior to joining UNDP, Ms. Rodrigues worked as a policy advocate at the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative in New Delhi. She focused on promoting the right to information in the 53 countries of the Commonwealth. Ms. Rodrigues has also worked with the Australian Agency for International Development and is a qualified lawyer.