13 Apr 2011

Tahiti women criticise lack of gender balance in government

4:22 pm on 13 April 2011

Women representatives in French Polynesia have spoken out against President Oscar Temaru's choice to appoint only one woman minister in his new government.

Criticism of his line-up was repeated by several women in the assembly which met for the first time since last week's formation of the new government.

French gender parity laws ensure that about half of the legislature is made up of women.

An opposition member, Madeleine Bremond, acknowledged the appointment of one woman minister but she says the number is too low.

"We women are after all a majority in this assembly, and also in society women are a majority, so why not put more women in government."