| Hilda Lini |
Motarilavoa Hilda Lini, a chief (Motarilavoa) of the Turaga nation of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu, helped her nation win its independence in 1980.
She was the only female member of Parliament from 1987 to 1998, and served in many positions such as Minister for Justice, Minister for Health and Foreign Minister. During the last few years of her political career, Motarilavoa Hilda Lini represented The Vanuatu Movement, the political party she founded. After her public service, she was the Director of the Pacific Concerns Resource Center and was the Representative of the Pacific Region at the UN Non-proliferation Review Conference.
Hilda Lini is a strong advocate for peace and nuclear disarmament. She was awarded the MacBride Peace Prize in 1993 and was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize as part of the 1000 Women for the Nobel Peace Prize project.
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