Women leading and influencing



Balance for Better: Women’s Political Participation in the Pacific – 8 March 2019

Monday, 11 March 2019

Coinciding with International Women's Day, the Initiative’s fifth Learning & Networking event was held at The Australian National University, Canberra.

Drawing on the 2019 IWD theme, Balance for Better, 50 guests enjoyed the panel discussion, Balance for Better: Women's Political Participation in the Pacific.

DPA research fellow, Dr Kerryn Baker, opened the panel with a brief presentation on the evidence and current trends relating to women’s polit ical participation in the Pacific. Dr Baker then convened the panel discussion with other panel members - Hon Ali’imalemanu Alofa Tu’uau, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Samoa and Co-chair of the WLI Steering Committee (Samoa), Ms Sarah Garap, women’s leadership advocate and Director, Meri I Kirap Sapotim (Papua New Guinea), and Dr Transform Aqorau, regional fisheries expert and women’s champion (Solomon Islands).

After the panel discussion, panellists and guests  including Australia Awards scholars, WLI mentors, Pacific ANU students, ANU Department of Pacific Affairs (DPA) staff and network members, private sector representatives, and DFAT staff  discussed the panel topics further and migled in the University House courtyard, before heading off for a Canberra long weekend.


Visit our galleries page for my photos from this event.