14 Mar 2017

Cooks plans for half of its MPs to be women

From , 4:03 pm on 14 March 2017

A practice parliament last week in the Cook Islands was part of push to get female representation in the country's parliament up to 50 percent by 2030.

About 70 women took part in the events which coincided with International Women's Day on March 8th.

Parliamentary Speaker, Nikki Rattle, says there are women in the community who want to be involved but don't know how.

Miss Rattle told Don Wiseman the exercise was successful.

A Cook Islands woman at a commemoration at New Zealand's Parliament for Cook Island soldiers who served in the First World War. 2016

Photo: RNZ / Daniela Maoate-Cox