The 5th Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Forum commenced  in Honiara, Solomon Islands yesterday,  participants from 19 parliaments in Australia and the Pacific, including Palau were brought together to to share views and develop strategies for improving rates of political representation of women in the future.


Senators Rukebai Inabo and J. Uduch Senior is representing Palau in the forum. In their statements at the start of the meeting, Senior stated that  forums give “us an opportunity to forge friendships and build networks with other women political leaders.”

In Palau, women in politics are still a low number and to encourage more women elected in  Congress, Senior said, women “need support and encouragement in order to better represent their constituencies.”

Senior and Inabo have  attended all the Pacific Women Parliamentary Partnerships forums since 2013.

“Palau are made up of women, men, boys and girls, then the Palau National Congress (OEK) should represent the people. Accordingly, the OEK should be made up of 50% men and 50% women,” Senior said.

Senior said gender Equality is number 5 out of the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations.

“This sustainable development goal strives to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls. In describing this goal of gender equality, it is noted that “there are still gross inequalities in work and wages, lots of unpaid ‘women’s work’ such as child care and domestic work and discrimination in public decision-making,” she noted.

Inabo for her part said “gender equality is truly about women participating in policy decisions that affects them, their family, their children and the community they serve with passion and compassion.”

The forum is slated from September 25 to 28. (B. Carreon) [/restrict]