A local female politician in Solomon Islands says women need to take a greater community role if they are to stand a chance in the male dominated politics of Melanesia.
Joselyn Ipei who is a provincial member in Temotu secured her seat with an historic landslide victory.
She says the secret to her success was that she has been working since high school to help people in her community.
"I believe that for us leaders or for us women to win elections to get attention from those people, we have to come down to their level. We have to be with them, we have to experience their problems their issues, the underlying issues. So that we can have some very strong and profound solutions to what those people need."