Women in Politics

Voices from the Commonwealth

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A collection of profiles of thirty-three women in politics from eleven Commonwealth countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Dominica, Guyana, India, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, Seychelles, South Africa and Uganda. The profiles illustrate the diversity of experience across the Commonwealth, and highlight the realities of life for many women. The stories these dedicated and courageous women relate sharpen the focus on existing and potential challenges and barriers which face women politicians.

Women in Politics: Voices from the Commonwealth shows that to a large extent the degree of women’s integration into political life depends on the system of values prevalent in a society, and on established political patterns. On another level, it is a study which uses these retold experiences to analyse the different strategies women could develop, refine and adopt to build successful political careers.



Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea, an independent member of the Commonwealth since 1975, is an island nation located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, encompassing the eastern half of the island of New Guinea and a chain of tropical islands. In ethnic terms, it is one of the world's most complex societies, embracing more than 700 distinct ethnic entities. Two large groupings predominate: Papuans, constituting some 80 per cent of the population, and Melanesians, roughly one in six of the nation's inhabitants.


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