The Controversial Use of the Gender Quota in the 2021 Samoan General Election: A Personal Perspective


The 2021 general election in Samoa was followed by a series of controversial events, including the use of the gender quota as a strategy for the incumbent government to hold onto power. The first of this two-part series describes the events and gives an explanation of Samoan gender norms. The second part discusses the introduction of the gender quota and comments on the attempted use of this temporary special measure (TSM) as a strategy to decide the government.

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Submitted by Lindy Kanan
July 14, 2021
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