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

Amelia Diwabu (left) was grateful to be part of the Fiji National Women's Expo and spoke on the benefits of the REACH Project (Photo: UNDP/Tomoko Kashiwazaki)
Be Empowered, Be the Change

Empowering a woman empowers a nation – this was recognized by women who were present at the recent Fiji National Women’s Expo and had the opportunity to access social, economic and legal services provided by the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) for Rural and Urban Fijians Project. Akanisi Tawa, President of Natogo Wise Women’s Club, Tavua, Western Division found an opportunity to apply for a ‘Care and Protection’ support through REACH mobile services at the Expo. more 

(L-R) Fiji's Acting Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, Public Enterprises, Civil Service and Communications - Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum; UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director for Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy - Mr. Michael O'Neill; and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative - Ms. Osnat Lubrani officially launched the 2016 Human Development Report in Suva, Fiji on 30 March 2017 (Photo: UNDP/Setaita Tavanabola)
Exclusion and inequality lead to uneven development across Asia and the Pacific


Honourable Niki Rattle, Speaker of the Parliament of the Cook Islands (center) holds up the 'Practice Parliament for Women: Training Manual' (Photo: UNDP)
Practice Parliament for Women Manual Launched

The United Nations Development Programme launched its ‘Practice Parliament for Women: Training Manual’ at the opening of the second Practice Parliament for Women of the Cook Islands in Rarotonga today. The Manual is a collaborative effort of UNDP and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat with the support of the Government of Australia. more 

Sera Kamakorewa from Nacokaika Village at the Continuing Market Business Education training (Photo: UNDP/Tomoko Kashiwazaki)
Rural women secure their livelihoods through financial literacy training

The women of Nacokaika village, Naitasiri make significant contributions to their families and village through kai gleaning and selling. Kai or freshwater bivalves gleaning has been a job performed by women in villages along the river banks of Fiji and selling them has been a major source of their household and village income.more 

Projects and initiatives

  • Markets for Change Project

    The Markets for Change (M4C) Project is a six year initiative aimed at ensuring that marketplaces in rural and urban areas in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory environments, promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment. Market vendors are predominantly women, and marketplaces offer important venues to effect women’s social and economic change. In targeting female market vendors at marketplaces, the M4C Project will contribute to the broader Pacific Women’s Economic Empowerment result... more 

  • Rights, empowerment and cohesion (REACH) for rural and urban Fijians

    The REACH Project aims to promote peace building, social cohesion and inclusiveness. Project conducts awareness raising of the social, economic and legal rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji, provides access to the services associated with these rights, and also strengthens institutional capacity to deliver these services... more 

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