5 Mar 2010

UN says Pacific parliaments still without women

2:38 pm on 5 March 2010

A United Nations study released ahead of International Women's Day next week has highlighted that Pacific Island countries have parliaments without any women representation.

Among them are Solomon Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia.

This comes despite the United Nations setting a target for 30 per cent of leadership positions to be held by women by 1995.

On average, women make up just under 19 percent of parliamentarians.

An African country, Rwanda, tops the study's list with female MPs at 56.3 per cent.

In the Pacific, French territories have the highest ratio of women in parliament.

Fiji, which did have women representation, had its parliament shut down more than three years ago in a military coup.