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.

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8:12 am Sunday 29 November: Insight: Obesity Crisis

Working out at the gym

Emi Suaniu-Sofai has lost nearly 30 kilograms in six years after taking part in her church’s Enua Ola healthy living programme.

Photo: ( RNZ / Sharon Brettkelly )

The obesity crisis is costing the country $1bn a year and threatens to cripple the health system.

Next year, it's predicted to overtake smoking as the country's biggest health issue. One in three adults and one in ten children are obese.

The figure for Maori and Pacific people is much higher.

Sharon Brettkelly explores suggested solutons