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.

BLOG | How do women feel the effects of corruption?

Roadside betel nut stalls. Sago palm kitchens. Social media. ATM queues. You can find someone ready to discuss corruption in most places across Solomon Islands. The conversations show that people are aware of corruption’s costs and impacts — from unfair access to healthcare and education to misuse of public monies. More

Our stories

  • Communities gain information and access to services through REACH pilot programme

    Communities in Lapaha District and Hihifo District are now more aware of services provided by government and civil society organisations and were able to access them with ease this week without travelling to the capital.

  • Kadavu youth standing up for human rights to end violence against women in Fiji

    This year’s Human Rights Day focuses on Youth Standing Up for Human Rights. It aims to celebrate the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights.

  • New UNDP Report: Human Development in Asia-Pacific region advances dramatically, but unevenly

    The Human Development Report, which pioneers a more rounded way to measure countries’ progress beyond just economic growth, says that as the gap in basic standards is narrowing, with an unprecedented number of people escaping poverty, hunger and disease, the necessities to thrive have evolved. The next generation of inequalities is opening up, particularly around technology, education, and the climate crisis.

  • Pacific Government Audit Offices’ Performance Results Analysed

    Five audit offices in the Pacific undertook a review of their operations using the International Organisation of Supreme Audit Institutions performance measurement framework .

  • Global Green Climate Fund pours US$18.6 million towards water resilience in the Marshall Islands

    The Green Climate Fund has today approved US$18.6 million in financing to the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI), supporting the low-lying atoll nation in adapting to increasing climate risks, particularly more frequent and extreme droughts which impact the country’s freshwater supply.

  • ‘REACH’ mobile service delivery – taking stock for future

    Seventeen communities in the Kingdom of Tonga have benefited from the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion community outreach program that reaches those farthest behind.

  • Mobile Service Delivery to ‘REACH’ people in remote communities in Samoa

    More Samoan citizens living outside of urban communities will soon have better access to government, legal and women’s services through a new mobile service delivery initiative recently launched.

  • Pacific Women in Power Forum Discusses Pathways to Increase Women’s Political Participation

    In recognising that the Pacific, as a region, has the lowest level of women’s political representation globally, concerted efforts are being made to ensure equal representation in respective national parliaments.

  • Access to justice, rule of law and human rights endorsed as regional cooperation priority

    The regional initiatives seek to focus on the rule of law situation across the Pacific through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 5, which commits governments to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and SDG 16, which seeks to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

  • More access to social services through the ‘REACH’ mobile service delivery

    People living in remote, rural and maritime communities in Tonga will soon have better access to social services including, youth programme, registration for labour mobility and seasonal workers scheme, women’s livelihood assessments and microenterprise, community development grant, registration for the Electoral Roll, national ID, family protection, legal aid and police services, support services for women, men and families, while also receiving information about citizens’ rights and gender equality.

  • Will you marry me on the REACH bus?

    Savaira and Amani took each other’s hands and exchanged marriage vows. Having been declared married, the couple then signed the register, along with their two witnesses and the Registrar.

  • Digital Advocate advances access to public services

    Ms Rokotuinaceva is not entirely new to mobile digital technology, she had tried a social media platform once but only realized its huge potential when a team of government officers and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) visited Levuka. They had encouraged community members to become familiar with mobile digital technology and tested the new mobile application, Start to Finish (S2F) Service Delivery Tracker.

  • Communities able to access services under REACH project

    The legal advice Faiilagi Sofe received for her business was more than just a time-saving solution, it was also moral support for her as a young entrepreneur to pursue her business plan with confidence.

  • REACH-ing out for rights and services

    An unexpected visit sparked a glimmer of hope during a dark time in Arihi’s life. She is now an empowered survivor of domestic violence who knows her rights and how to access financial and legal services.

  • Strengthening access to justice for all Fijians

    This is an exciting opportunity to flag issues of interest, for the attention of all, so that we can be aware of them, learn from your expertise, and do more research into these very important matters.

  • Justice Support Services Grants assist CSOs to empower people

    When Monika saw her child fall sick, but nothing was found to be medically wrong, she realized that her illness was probably caused by deeper psychosocial issues which involved the way she and her husband communicated, often escalating into quarrels and fights in front of their children.

  • Enabling violence survivors to access justice

    A United Nations Report states that persons with psycho-social disabilities experience more violence compared to persons without disabilities, while persons with disabilities are 1.5 times more likely to be a victim of violence, those with mental health conditions are at nearly four times the risk of experiencing violence.

  • Justice and compassion for rape survivors

    One in three women and girls worldwide experience physical or sexual violence in their lifetime, most frequently by an intimate partner. But in in Fiji, according to the UN, that figure rises to two in three, or 64.1 percent, the second highest rate in the world.

  • How to build a bakery: A young entrepreneur’s approach

    Some successful businesses begin with extensive training and experience. Some start with a sandwich. Wendy Maeobia is a young entrepreneur who went from marketing sandwiches and pineapple pie to operating a bakery with an average of 40 orders every month.

  • Inclusive Participation and Equal Voices in Land Management, A Principle For Sustainable Development

    Women cultivate the land, produce food and generate income for families. Women’s economic activities using land resources are globally recognized as strong contributors to poverty alleviation and national economic growth.

  • Keeping the Tradition Alive

    As part of the national celebrations to mark Environment Week and World Biodiversity Day, the women of Funafuti in Tuvalu, gather to show the youth why their recipes and traditional food are still relevant today.

  • Climate Action Pacific Partnership 2019 Statement: Pacific Talanoa on Progressing the Gender Action Plan

    I am pleased to be here today to share some thoughts on the implementation of the Gender Action Plan. Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a prerequisite to effective conservation, climate action and meeting the Sustainable Development Goals.

  • Start to Finish Tracker Taveuni Outreach

    We are thankful that through the REACH project, we were able to introduce the ‘Start to Finish’ service tracker to allow citizens to use a mobile application and web portal platform to collaborate with public sector agencies, which was partly supported by the Japanese Government and now supported by UNDP.

  • Fiji REACH Project Exceeds Community Outreach Target

    The REACH Project which set out a target of reaching 4,000 Fijians has managed to reach more than double the targeted figure in facilitating citizen’s access to essential Government services.

  • Breaking through the Glass Ceiling: Women in the Police Force

    The two women officers have been recruits for six years, and over the years, have watched male recruits with only one to two years’ experience undertake basic recruits training in Fiji. The formal qualification gained through the completion of the basic recruits’ course is a requisite for their career promotion in the Police.

  • Meet the women pushing for equal representation in Solomon Islands provinces

    The Pacific region has the lowest number of women parliamentarians in the world. In Solomon Islands, one Member of Parliament out of 50 is a woman, and a total of four women have served as MPs in the history of the country.

  • Pacific Women in Power Forum

    I would like to begin by saying that the full participation of women in decision-making roles and political life is not only a guarantee of human rights but promotes economic stability and contributes to stronger institutions.

  • Harnessing the power of data to tell a regional story

    Important stories live in our data and data visualisation is a powerful means to discover and understand these stories, and then to present them to others . Catrina Rowe, SDG Engagement Expert with UNDP’s Pacific SDG Partnership writes on how data visualisation is being utilised to tell the Pacific SDG story at home and on the world stage.

  • Bakhodir Burkhanov: Empowering Rural Women in Fiji – Upscaling the Rocket Stove Project Launch

    This event marks the official start of the upscaling of the Rocket Stove project, which aims to empower rural women in Fiji. This goal of this initiative is to improve the livelihoods of women and their families in rural households through the provision of ‘rocket stoves’ and access to income-generating opportunities.

  • Helen Clark highlights Women and Youth during Solomon Islands visit

    Helen Clark, former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, yesterday ended her four-day visit to Solomon Islands. During the visit, Ms. Clark contributed to events focused on youth engagement and women’s political participation.

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