A United Nations womens' advocate is hoping a workshop being held in Port Vila this week will encourage more women into national political roles.
Dr Rosina Wiltshire says despite signing the CEDAW convention, Vanuatu has one of the lowest levels of womens' participation in leadership.
She says five of the women trained in a previous visit are now in office at the provincial level and a quota system has helped to achieve this.
"And I want to say that I congratulate the government and people of Vanuatu for establishing a quota for women at the provincial level. And we hope that that will also happen at the national level. Everybody in Vanuatu is going to benefit from their participation."
Dr Rosina Wiltshire.