13 Aug 2008

Seven women to contest Palau Senate election

10:04 am on 13 August 2008

Seven women are running for the Palau Senate this year - a record for either chamber of the national Congress.

At present the Palau Senate has no female members.

A total of 44 candidates will be contesting the 13 seats.

The seven women include retired and active educators, private sector executives, community development workers and public servants.

Pacific Magazine reports that Palauan elective politics has been the domain of men since the American democratic system was established after World War II.

The notable exception was the one-term that Sandra Sumang Pierantozzi served as vice president from 2001 to 2005.