As part of the Increased Political Participation of Women in Samoa (IPPWS) Project, UN Women and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), in partnership with the Centre for Samoan Studies (CSS), have organised four roundtable discussions on Women in Politics.
The roundtables are aimed at further informing voters about the 2016 Samoa election candidates and the electoral process. The first roundtable featured women candidates on TV3 on the 21 February 2016 and will be aired again Sunday 28 February.
Professor Meleisea Leasiolagi Malama Meleisea, Director of the Centre for Samoan Studies, facilitated the discussion between the four panel guests, Her Highness Masiofo Filifilia Tamasese, Fiso Evelini Taupa’ū Fa’amoe, Aiolupotea Ta’atiti Visekota Peteru, and Pulemagafa Toleafoa Ulugia Mara Coffin Hunter.
According to Professor Meleisea, “Encouraging more women in Parliament is a very important issue for the Centre for Samoan Studies to be involved in. Roundtables help foster a culture of dialogue and debate, they are an educational opportunity for the voters, for them to be able to make more informed decisions.”
Upcoming panels will focus on Media analysis of Political landscape and Youth participation in the elections. The fourth panel will be held a week after the elections. Panelists will reflect on the results and lessons learnt for the future. Members of the public will be invited to share in the discussions.