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Research shows female candidates at disadvantage in Solomon Islands | Pacific Beat

Research shows female candidates at disadvantage in Solomon Islands

Research shows female candidates at disadvantage in Solomon Islands

Updated 10 September 2014, 10:52 AEST

Solomon Islanders will go to the polls later this year, but researchers say it's unlikely any women candidates will be successful.

Only two women have ever been elected to Parliament in Solomon Islands - the Australian-educated Hilda Kari and Vika Lusibaea, wife of former the Malaitan Eagle Force field commander-turned-politician Jimmy Lusibaea.

New research from Australia National University suggests female candidates are at a financial and social disadvantage compared to men which prevent them from gaining the necessary influence to win votes.

ANU's Professor Terence Wood authored the study, and says though it seems bleak, women are not doomed to fail.

Presenter: Natalie Tencic

Speaker: Professor Terence Wood, Australia National Uuniversity

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