Informal Session: Women and Politics in Polynesia: Gender imbalances in authority on land tenure, chiefly titles and political offices
Organizers: Serge Tcherkezoff and Melani Anae
Even though the traditional Polynesian systems of social organisation are often mentioned as an exception in the large place of authority that women can exercise in matters of extended family organisation, land tenure and inheritance, and even chiefly offices, a clear imbalance between access given to women versus access given to men is prevalent, and is deepening with the current evolution of land tenure and political systems. In Samoa for instance, a number of cases reveal the limitations imposed on women, as varied as the right for women to hold a chiefly clan title (matai), or to keep an authority over the land if they are living on their husbands' land etc. This panel would analyse a number of varied cases of these limitations, as well as discussing some possible legal or customary regulations that could put in place ""affirmative"" distinctions, up to the extreme case in place in the French Pacific with the ""Parity law"" for candidacies in political offices.
We invite anyone interested in this informal session to contact the panel organizers and join us at the ASAO Meeting!
Serge Tcherkezoff, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), <firstname.lastname@example.org>;
Melani Anae, Pacific Studies, Te Wānanga o Waipapa, University of Auckland, <email@example.com>