Motarilavoa Hilda Lin̄i

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Motarilavoa Hilda Lin̄i in 1989

Motarilavoa Hilda Lin̄i[1] is a chief of the Turaga nation of Pentecost Island in Vanuatu in the South Pacific, who has been associated with the nuclear-free Pacific movement, women's rights, indigenous rights, and environmental issues. Following Vanuatu's 1980 independence, she became one of the first two women elected to Parliament, in 1987. During the early 1990s, as Minister of Health, she helped to persuade the World Health Organization to bring the question of the legality of nuclear weapons to the International Court of Justice in The Hague. She received The Nuclear-Free Future Award in 2005.[2] She is sister to Vanuatu's first Prime Minister, Walter Lin̄i.

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  1. ^ The letter ⟨n̄⟩ of Raga orthography is pronounced [ŋ], like the ng in singer.
  2. ^ The Nuclear-Free Future Award Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine