Solomon Islands' newest woman MP says education is the key to getting more women into leadership roles in the Pacific.
Lanelle Tanangada, who won a by-election for the Gizo Kolombangara constituency, is the Western Province's first ever woman MP from the Western Province, and only the country's fourth woman MP.
She joins Freda Soriacomua, the MP for Temotu Vatud, who is the only other woman in the 50 member house.
Mrs Tanangada, who has a master's degree in education from the University of Waikato, said education was crucial to help women leaders overcome challenges at every level.
"We can rise above when we have a good education and we can also be able to work and help others who are in the rural communities we will have that understanding too for other women in the rural communities.
"So I believe education is very important and it is vital in terms of becoming a good leader."