Gender Equality


Empowering women and making gender equality a reality is a core commitment of UNDP. In every country across the Pacific, pervasive gender inequality remains a barrier to progress, justice and social stability. It also hinders the achievement of development goals. UNDP recognizes that women’s empowerment and gender equality are cross-cutting issues that lie at the heart of human development.

Our Goals

UNDP in the Pacific supports regional and national efforts to integrate gender equality and women’s empowerment. We are committed to strengthening the capacity of our national partners in the Pacific to adopt approaches that advance women’s rights and take full account of the many ways women contribute to development. We strive to ensure that women have increased economic control, strengthened political voice and enhanced legal rights.

Empowering Women Economically

Markets for Change Project takes the Continuing Market Business Education training to rural producers and market vendors in Naitasiri, Fiji in October 2016 (Photo: UNDP/Tomoko Kashiwazaki)More

Our stories

Taveuni Farmers
Members of the Delaivuna, Vuna and Waimaqera communities in Southern Taveuni come together to build greenhouses on their farms. (Photo: UNDP/Kandy Serrant)
Southern Taveuni farmers join forces for greenhouse initiative in their communities

Taveuni, Fiji’s third largest island, is known for its thriving agricultural sector due to rich volcanic soils and almost daily rainfall. It is here that 32-year-old Maria Lowana Maivalenisau and other farmers from the Delaivuna, Vuna and Waimaqera communities have come together to begin the work of building greenhouses on the many farms in their settlement.more 

Kiribati Coconut Sector
Tongafiti Cross, AMAK (left) and Anglin Onario, Kiribati Organic Producers (right) teach persons throughout Kiribati how to make by-products of the coconut (Photo: UNDP/Ruci Yauvoli)
Coconut Sector Development Project to Bring New Opportunities to I-Kiribati

Not opting for a slower pace of life during their retirement years, Tonagafiti Cross, 71, and Anglin Onario, 65, have been working tirelessly throughout Kiribati to educate their fellow citizens on the value of the coconut and how its by-products can be used to reduce poverty on the atoll islands.more 

Ruth Kamu selling peanuts at her market stall in Honiara (Photo: UNDP/PFIP)
Saving for retirement in the informal sector: A market vendor's story

Since June last year, Ruth Kamu has stuck to her goal to save at least SBD $100 (USD $12.79) a month toward her retirement. more 

Members of the Cook Islands Parliament at the two-day capacity building workshop (Photo: UNDP)
Cook Islands Women Parliamentarians Caucus to Boost Equal Representation

With the establishment of the Women Parliamentarians Caucus, Cook Islands aims to further advance the effective participation of women at the highest decision-making body: the legislature.more 

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