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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
8:12 am Sunday 15 December: Insight: What's NZ done for human rights in Sri Lanka?
The recent Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Sri Lanka was dominated by debate about human rights abuses including alleged war crimes, intimidation, and in some cases even abduction.
Despite Sri Lanka's assurances it is making progress towards a peaceful and stable society since the end of its three decades-long civil war in 2009, the nation is second only to Iraq for political disappearances.
Leaders from India and Canada boycotted the meeting.
John Key says the history of New Zealand diplomacy shows engagment is more sucessful than boycotting.
Was attending the right decision?
Radio New Zealand's chief parliamentary reporter, Jane Patterson, travelled to Sri Lanka and followed not only the diplomatic exchanges, but also spoke to families who have had sons, daughters and husbands abducted.