Samoa's Deputy Prime Minister says her country is reaching a critical time for women's representation.
Fiame Naomi Mata'afa says traditional political constructs, which were formally defined at independence, risk being out of step with the international environment within which Samoa operates.
She says lessons learned since 1962 should inform Samoa's aspirations for the future.
The former Minister for Women, Community & Social Development, and Samoa's most successful woman politician spoke with Dominic Godfrey about politics and leadership.
She says engaging women in politics is a challenge they're constantly faced with.