Gender, Politics, and (Missing) Data: Evidence from the Pacific Island Countries and Territories

Orly Siow
Beth James

In the Pacific Islands context, women experience some of the lowest levels of descriptive and substantive political representation, as well as the highest levels of gendered violence anywhere in the world (Pacific Women 2021; Pacific Women in Politics 2022). These countries are also among those most at risk from the gendered impacts of climate change, which are already being felt (e.g., Government of Tokelau 2017). This much we know. Yet, despite the extent and urgency of gendered inequalities in the region—as well as the tireless work of local actors to address this—the gender-disaggregated data needed to address these urgent problems remains patchy at best, and outdated or nonexistent at worst. Even the most fundamental descriptive data lags behind global practices—especially where women, girls, and people of diverse gender identities are concerned.

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February 22, 2024
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