Is having women in the Parliament good for Samoa?

Palepa Iosua, 20, Vaiala.

“It is important to have women in our Parliament to be fair with having men in our Parliament. Women also have rights to run for the Parliament and should run for politics in Samoa so yes it is a must for women to participate and play a role in our Parliament.”

Tia Leiai, 52, Maugafiafia Vailele.

There shouldn’t be any women in the parliament. From my own point of view, women are compared to the neck while the men are the head of the body. A woman’s role is to advise men inside the Parliament, let’s not cross paths with men. Let us refer back to our God, women are just to help out or give advice. Looking back to Adam’s days, God saw that he needed help and he gave him Eve. So yes it is our role as women just to help out the head of the family or men in the Parliament. It is somehow good for Fiame Naomi because she has no partner. I would suggest only women who don’t have partners should be a Member of the Parliament. “

Toga Sene, 38, Tulaele.

“It is a good idea to have women in our Parliament, because as we see parliaments overseas also have women as Members of Parliament. Having women in our Parliament can lead to changes in our country. I believe in a Samoan proverb which states 'e au le inainau a tama’ita’i'. It is also important to have women in our Parliament because people have different perspectives, so our country can see or know of the perspectives of a woman. Their opinion matters and can help develop our country.”

Saipele Alofa, 46, Fusi Safotu Lafai.

“Yes, there should be women in our Parliament, not just men. In every Parliament, there’s a mixture of both genders. The number of women in Parliament should be increased and their opinions can be should combined with that of men’s so the Parliament can perform better. Not only men’s voices can be heard but women as well.”

Matthew Wilson, 29, Vaivase Uta.

"Just by thinking of it, yes, there should be women in our Parliament. Women who are qualified and have the knowledge to push our country to become better. It all begins in our families, a father is the head of the family and the mother gets to give advice. There should be voices of women in our Parliament and they should not be voiceless."

 Lauiula Tua’i, 25, Vaitele Uta.

“It is necessary for women to be part of the Parliament, Cabinet and other organisations. As we all know that women are called (pae ma le auli) which is why it’s important to have women in our Parliament. Women’s advice can help sort out some difficulties or challenges faced by the Parliament or Cabinet.”

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