The Pacific Institute of Public Policy was commissioned by the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) Pacific Regional Office to implement phase one of its gender equality and political governance baseline community panel survey in Vanuatu in the early part of 2010. The survey investigated the extent and level of participation in formal political activities, knowledge and understanding of democracy and citizenship, and perceptions and attitudes towards women’s political participation.
The findings demonstrate there is overwhelming support for more women in parliament in Vanuatu.
Less clear is how this can be achieved. It is also evident that there is room for more and better targeted civic education.