9 Mar 2012

Push in Samoa for reserved seat for woman with disability

6:08 pm on 9 March 2012

Samoa's organisation for people with disabilities is lobbying for the creation of one parliamentary seat that is reserved for a disabled woman.

The government is proposing to amend the law and create five reserved seats for women, which will guarantee them parliamentary representation of 10 percent.

Faatino Utumapu of Nuanua O Le Alofa says many government policies address disability issues but they're not put into practice.

She says that will only happen when there's a disabled woman in parliament.

"Men with disabilities have a great chance of getting the resources and it's something to do with our culture but the issue of women - there's a lot needed to be done in order to address the issues."

Faatino Utumapu Nuanua says O Le Alofa is lobbying for the support of women without disabilities through the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development.