21 Nov 2016

Tonga MP calling for reserved seats for women

From , 6:02 am on 21 November 2016

A Tongan MP is pushing for reserved seats for women in Parliament.

Representation of women in Pacific parliaments is among the lowest in the world with women making up less than 16 percent of the region's parliamentarians.

The sole woman MP in Tonga's Parliament, Akosita Lavulavu is one of 40 delegates in New Zealand for the Pacific Parliamentary Forum.

She told Koroi Hawkins women need to be empowered to put themselves forward for political roles.

Tongan MP 'Akosita Lavulavu.

Tongan MP 'Akosita Lavulavu. Photo: RNZI/Koroi Hawkins