When Honourable Charmaine Eraidinomo Scotty was elected member of parliament in Nauru’s June 2013 elections, she made history as only the second woman to do so, following in the footsteps of Ruby Dediya (who was MP from 1986 to 1992 and from 1995 to 1997).
Following her election to parliament, Hon. Scotty was appointed by newly elected President Baron Waqa to serve in his administration as Minister for Home Affairs (which includes Women’s Affairs), Education, Youth, and Land Management, a position she currently holds.
As there are no political parties in Nauru, Scotty sits as an independent. There are currently only two women in the country’s 19-member parliament.
Hon. Scotty is no stranger to government. Prior to joining politics, she served as an administrator in the highest levels of public service, culminating as permanent secretary in the Ministries of Health, Home Affairs and Justice.
The 70 Inspiring Pacific Women campaign has been produced by the Pacific Community (SPC) in partnership with Australian Aid and Pacific Women. The campaign marks the 70th anniversary of SPC, and leads up to the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of Ministers for Women in Suva (Fiji) from 2nd to 5th October 2017.