Megan Whelan considers the appalling violence and health statistics for many Pacific women and asks if more female MPs help?
The Pacific region has some of the worst statistics for women in the world, with about two thirds of women having suffered some kind of violence at the hand of a family member.
Women's economic power is lower, as are rates of health and education.
At the same time, the region has few women in elected positions.
Insight looks at moves to increase political representation across the region, and at whether that will improve the status of Pacific women.
And are New Zealand and Australia are doing enough to help women living in the Pacific in some of the world's poorest countries?.
Image: Women's organisation in Kiribati holds anniversary parade.
Coming Up on Insight
8:15 am Sunday 21 September: Morning Report Election Special
This week Insight takes a break due to the 2014 General Election.
Radio New Zealand's Morning Report Election Special with hosts Mary Wilson and Wallace Chapman will be on air with comments from the winners and losers, an analysis of the results and the implications for the incoming government between 7 - 9am Sunday 21 September.
Insight returns at 8:15am on Sunday 28 September.