• Samoa’s first female prime minister takes charge

    Kerryn Baker     |      September 10, 2021

    After a long political stand-off, Naomi Mata’afa Fiame has become the first woman prime minister of Samoa, and the second-ever woman head of government in the Pacific islands region.

  • Samoa’s constitutional crisis

    Kerryn Baker     |      May 30, 2021

    Samoa has elected its first woman prime minister. Now an ongoing constitutional crisis, ironically centred around competing interpretations of Samoa’s parliamentary gender quota provisions, is preventing her from taking power.

  • A rising tide swamps the currents of change

    Kerryn Baker     |      January 7, 2020

    The past year has been a time of considerable change for the Pacific Islands, with new leadership, new partnerships and even the potential for new nations all coming into being.

  • The ‘Samoan model’ offers hope to female politicians in the Pacific

    Kerryn Baker     |      August 19, 2019

    While elections in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Guam and Solomon Islands have brought in record numbers of women MPs, the Pacific region as a whole is still at the bottom of global league tables on women’s representation.