4 Jun 2009

Cook Islands group lobbies for 30 percent women parliament by 2014

3:37 pm on 4 June 2009

A working group has been set up in the Cook Islands to raise the number of women in parliament to 30 percent by 2014.

The resolution was one of the outcomes of a workshop last week aimed at developing a temporary special measure to increase the number of women in politics.

Women hold three of the 24 seats in the Cook Islands' parliament.

One of the organisers of the workshop, Ruth Pokura of the Internal Affairs Ministry, says a working group will hold further discussions in coming weeks on how to change that.

"The working group is to be established by next week and what we hope to do with the outcome document is to pass it through as just information for our Cabinet and see what they say about it and then in the next few months because we still see 2010 for the possibility of probably coming up with something, with a measure in place."

Ruth Pokura says the political parties will be urged to adopt affirmative action plans for women with particular emphasis on women from the outer islands.