A prominent businesswoman in Samoa says the Samoa Prime Minister is a strong supporter of women getting into politics.
At the final sitting of Parliament for the year, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi told women thinking of running for parliament that they should not neglect their families.
Tuilaepa said the government had devised a way to bring more women into Parliament but he hopes that in their quest to become MPs, they will not neglect their God-given duties as mothers.
The Executive Director of Women in Business Samoa, Adimaimalaga Tafuna'i, says she takes these comments well, and women in Samoa are being given many opportunities, including within government.
"There are many Samoan women taking the top positions within government ministries, the women that managed everything with the SIDS conference is another example. Women in Samoa can take matai titles, you don't see that in many other countries. Our Prime Minister is a very strong supporter of women, he is a strong supporter of women getting into politics."
Adimaimalaga Tafuna'i says traditional roles for women remain important, as well as being involved in other roles.