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 27 July: Indentifying NZ's Most Vulnerable Kids
Official figures show there are 260,000 children living in poverty and reducing that number is a key focus for the Government.
The Growing Up In New Zealand longitudinal study, which follows the lives of 7000 children and their families, is trying to find out which children are most at risk as early as possible and what can be done to improve their lives.
As its researchers reveal their latest findings on child vulnerability, Radio New Zealand reporter, Anusha Bradley revisits six families involved in the study to see how they are getting on.
Image: RNZ/Anusha Bradley
8:12 am Sunday 3 August: Future Food Security - Feast or Famine?
Buffalo ploughs a rice paddy in Vietnam (RNZ/Benedict Collins)
All over the world efforts are underway to try to breed new, stronger and more nutritious varieties of grains, fruits and vegetables for the rising global population.
Work is being carried to try to help farmers keep on producing enough food, as concern about how crops might cope with climate change intensifies.
Radio New Zealand's Rural reporter, Benedict Collins speaks to experts across Asia and New Zealand about the big issues facing food now and what their predictions are for the future.