Italy recently joined Great Britain, Finland and New Zealand after the country elected its first woman prime minister.
Globally, women in office have often been the most underrepresented when it comes to politics, and in the Pacific, it is even more so.
Statistics from United Nations Women for Asia and the Pacific show that the region has the lowest levels of women’s representation in national office, a mere 7.3 per cent recorded as of 2018.
In Fiji, the onset of the 2022 elections provides an opportunity for women to step up and make their mark on the political scene, however, there are a few challenges in achieving this.
Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) coordinator Shamima Ali said women’s non-participation was historical and represented the inequalities and oppression of women.
Click here to read the full article published by The Fiji Times on 18 October 2022.