Insight

Insight for 9 September 2012 - Politics and the Status of Pacific Women

Megan Whelan considers the appalling violence and health statistics for many Pacific women and asks if more female MPs help?

Pacific women marchThe 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

8:12 am Sunday 9 August: Insight: Gay Rights Beyond Marriage

Liggs and Nicola
Liggs Hoffman and Nicola Wood had a civil union ceremony  five years ago - but haven't opted to "upgrade" to marriage. 
( RNZ/ Alex Ashton )

It's nearly two years since gay and lesbian couples were given the right to marry in New Zealand.

Since then, more than 1500 same-sex couples have tied the knot and the rate of civil unions has plummeted.  Worldwide, more countries are now following suit - including the United States and the United Kingdom.
 
But how has the Marriage Amendment Act changed the lives of gays and lesbians living in this country, and has it been the silver-bullet against homophobia that some thought it would be?

This Insight explores how same-sex marriage has changed what it is to be gay in New Zealand, and asks where to now for the queer rights movement.