World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Fiji Electoral Change - Gender Edition Of PJR

Fiji Electoral Change Mooted in Gender Edition Of PJR
http://www.pjreview.info/

AUCKLAND: (PJR/Pacific Media Watch): A media academic has called for an electoral change in Fiji to enable fairer participation for women in political life in an article published in the latest Pacific Journalism Review.

Only seven percent of Fiji's lawmakers are women and Dr Rae Nicholl, of the University of the South Pacific's World Politics Programme, suggests an amendment to the alternative vote electoral system.

Writing in a research paper in a special gender edition of PJR, Dr Nicholl says "one reason for this lack of female visibility [in Parliament] is the focus on racial divisions in Fiji, which has resulted in the neglect of the gender gap".

She says Fiji women have only recently enjoyed a "highly visible and vocal advocate" of their cause - Vice-President Ratu Joni Madraiwiwi.

Fiji's week-long general election ends today with first results expected on Monday.

Dr Nicholl's article comprehensively analyses the Fiji alternative electoral system and its impact on women representation in Parliament and compares this with other regional systems such as in New Zealand (proportional representation - open) and South Africa (proportional representation - closed).

She offers Guam as a model where a Pacific island nation or territory has achieved high female representation in the legislature.

The journal PJR also includes articles on the Australian and New Zealand political systems, representation of women in online images at the Olympic Games and seduction and the "feminine" in the Australian news media.

New Zealand's Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Dr Judy McGregor, a former newspaper editor, shows in another article that little progress has been made with women being appointed to top editorial management positions.

Yvonne Densem, of the NZ Broadcasting School, explores the gender imbalance in New Zealand's journalism courses with a research article entitled "Where have all the young men gone?".

The gender edition was co-edited by Dr Janet Bedggood and Allison Oosterman of AUT University's School of Communication Studies.

Managing editor Dr David Robie said the edition also included other stimulating content, including an incisive analysis of global media coverage of the Danish cartoons and Islam controversy, an article about HIV/AIDS and the Papua New Guinea media, and a strong media book review section.

Pacific Journalism Review is published twice a year.

PJR Online:
http://www.pjreview.info/

Subscriptions:
http://www.pjreview.info/subscriptions.html

+++niuswire

PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH ONLINE
http://www.pmw.c2o.org/

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

At The UN: Paris Climate Agreement Moves Closer To Entry Into Force

The Paris Agreement on climate change moved closer toward entering into force in 2016 as 31 more countries joined the agreement today at a special event hosted by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. More>>

ALSO:

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news