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Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Most women ever elected to Samoan Parliament after Supreme Court ruling
This is a “win for all women.” Samoa's Supreme Court has ordered the nation's Parliamentary Speaker to swear an additional three women to Parliament immediately, a move Ali'imalemanu Alofa Tu'ua'u — one of the new members — says is a "win for all...
Fiame Naomi Mata’afa - Picture by BBC
Tuesday, December 14, 2021
The gals behind Samoa’s first woman PM
There are fewer women in politics in the Pacific Islands than in any other part of the world, according to UN Women. But this year Samoa elected a woman as its head of government - only the second Pacific Island nation to do so - thanks in part to a...
On China, Covid-19 and being the first woman in the job: Samoa’s first female PM– video
Tuesday, August 03, 2021
‘Women have not been able to hold these positions’: Samoa’s first female PM gets down to the job
After months of political turmoil, following the country’s most contentious election, Fiama Naomi Mata’afa is ready to get to work. The prime minister’s office in Apia, the capital of Samoa, which overlooks the harbour, has just been vacated by the...
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Monday, June 07, 2021
Samoa's crisis seen harming gender equality in Pacific island politics
(Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An impasse between Samoa’s incumbent prime minister and female opposition leader could see a backlash against gender quota rules in the small Pacific island nation and stop other women from entering politics across the...
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Wednesday, June 02, 2021
The incredible rise of Samoa's first female Prime Minister-elect, and the man still standing in her way
(CNN)- Samoa's first female Prime Minister-elect has had a strange inaugural week in office. When Fiame Naomi Mata'afa turned up to the Pacific island nation's Parliament on Monday to be sworn in, she found the building locked. The 64-year-old went...
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa is set to become prime minister
Monday, May 24, 2021
The woman who unseated Samoa's prime minister of 20 years
Samoa is set to get its first female prime minister, marking the end of unprecedented political drama in the small Pacific island nation of 200,000 people. On Monday, the Supreme Court finally validated Fiame Naomi Mata'afa's shock April election...
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Monday, April 19, 2021
The women that upended Samoa’s politics
Following last week’s election, Samoa’s long-time ruler could be displaced by the country’s first female leader. Samoa is home to one of the world’s longest serving leaders. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malilegaoi has been in power since 1999,...
Samoa election workers tally votes. Opposition leader Fiame Naomi Mataafa could become the island's first female leader with her new party tied with the prime minister's and a lone independent holding the balance of power Handout Samoa Electoral Commissio
Monday, April 19, 2021
Samoa election result hailed as victory for women
Wellington (AFP) – Samoa’s cliff-hanger general election is a victory for under-represented women in Pacific island politics, regardless of the final outcome, opposition leader Fiame Naomi Mataafa said Monday. Her FAST party is on the cusp of a...
Friday, September 08, 2017
Samoa's deputy PM explains barrier for women politicians
The deputy prime minister of Samoa Fiame Naomi Mata'afa says the uncertainty associated with running for office deters Pacific women from entering politics. Fiame, who is the longest serving woman MP in Samoa's Parliament, was speaking at a meeting...
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Improvements for women in politics in Samoa
Following her appointment as Deputy Leader of Samoa’s Human Rights Protection Party (HRPP), Fiame Mataafa was named Deputy Prime Minister, the first Samoan woman to hold that position. She is also the minister for natural resources and environment....
Second from left- Hon. Fiame Naomi Mataafa, Samoa's longest standing Member of Parliament and the first female member of Cabinet. Photo: UN Women/Olivia Owen.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Joining efforts to increase political participation of women in Samoa
Joint Press ReleaseUNDP and UN Women Suva, Fiji - Today (01 April 2015) representatives from the Government of Samoa, the Government of Australia, UN agencies and civil society organisations gather in Apia to witness the signing of the Increasing...
Monday, September 22, 2014
Beijing +20 National Review, Samoa
Samoa shares with its Pacific island neighbors a vulnerability to natural and economic shocks, as well as challenges of social transformation. Over the past several decades Samoa has weathered these storms, progressively strengthening essential...
Monday, June 24, 2013
New dawn for Samoan women: Seats reserved for them next Parliament
From the next general elections at least five seats in  Samoan Parliament will be occupied by women. Passage of the Constitution Amendment Bill 2013 this morning made that law. “It’s a new dawn for women,” Speaker of Parliament, La’auli Leuatea Fosi...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Samoa: Samoa PM upsets feminists with PM comment
Samoa's newly re-elected prime minister has raised the ire of Pacific feminists by claiming one female MP in his cabinet is "more than enough". Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi swore in his 13-members cabinet over the weekend after winning a comfortable...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Samoa: Samoa Pushes for More Women in Paliament
Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepe Sailele is set to push constitutional amendments through Parliament to create special seats for women. Under the changes, at least five seats - or ten percent - of the members of parliament will be female. Read the...