Guide to Women in Leadership
Independent State of Samoa/ Malo Sa’oloto Tuts’atasi o Samoa i Sisifo (Formerly Western Samoa) (Limited Female Suffrage 1962/Universal suffrage 1989)
Formerly administered by Germany and New Zealand latterly with internal Self Government before becoming an independent federated state in 1962.
list of female members of government is complete
means chief - there are four Mata’afa/ Paramount Chiefly families, last
names are written in capitals due to the complicated systems of chiefly titles
which evolves as the career progress.
Minister of Culture, Youth and Sports Fiame Naomi Mulinu’u
Mata'afa After her father's death, she was elected to one of his
High Chiefly titles, Fiame from Lotofaga, in 2008 she was invested with
the Paramountly Chiefly title of
1995-2006 Minister of Education
1995-2001 Minister of Labour
1997-2001 Second in Cabinet
2001-11 Third in Cabinet
2006-11 Minister of Women, Community and Social Development, the Public Service Commission, the Remuneration Tribunal and the Ombudsman’s Office
2011-16 Minister of Justice and Court Administration
2016- Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Natural Resorces and Environment
Acting Prime Minister on several occations. She is the daughter of the country’s first Premier in 1959-70 and 1973-75, Fiame Mata'afa Faumuina Mulinu’u II (1925-75) and Laulu Fetauimalemau Mata'afa (1928-2007), former MP and Ambassador to New Zealand 1993-97.
After her father's death, she was elected to one of his High Chiefly titles, Fiame from Lotofaga, in 2008 she was invested with the Paramountly Chiefly title ofFaumuina and in 2014 she appeared as Fiame Naomi Mata’afa, Masiofo Amelia Mata’afa Iosefo. Mata’afa is one of the royal family titles, referred to as the Tama Aiga, in Samoa.
Minister of Internal- and Women's Affairs Polataivao Fosi
Attorney General Brenda Heather-Latu
2006-11 Minister of Health Gatoloaifaana
Amataga Alesana Gidlow
A matai (Chief), she is daughter of the late Prime Minister Tofilau Eti Alesana and MP from 2006.
2006 Associate Minister of Justice Safuneitu'uga Pa'aga Neri
2006-11 Minister of Telecommunications and Broadcasting
2011-? Associate Minister Letoa Rita Pau Chang
2016- Minister for Women Affairs and
Social Development Faimalotoa Kika Iemaima Stowers
Last update 23.03.16