Leadership pathways of women in Samoa

Report / White Paper

November 11, 2022

Leadership pathways of women in Samoa


Leadership pathways of women in Samoa (Picture UN Women)

In December 2020, Sustineo was engaged UN Women under the Women in Leadership in Samoa (WILS) Project to lead the design and implementation of Research on Leadership Pathways of Women in Samoa.

The purpose was to better understand the barriers that hinder Samoan women’s access to leadership roles across different levels of society and to identify innovative strategies to support women’s access to leadership.

The research had four objectives:

  1. To identify pathways of leadership for Samoan women.
  2. To identify factors that facilitate women’s access to leadership in Samoa and factors that create barriers.
  3. To identify strategies used by Samoan women leaders to gain access to leadership positions.
  4. To identify innovative strategies for development partners on how to support and encourage an increase in women’s access to leadership in Samoa.

These research objectives were investigated through a mixed-method approach, drawing primarily on qualitative data.

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Dr. Asenati Chan-Tung and Dr. Kerryn Baker
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