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

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 

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 

Savudrodro village members, supporters of gender equality (Photo: UNDP/Tomoko Kashiwazaki)
Communities in Fiji gain gender equality awareness and access services

Marguerite Gain returned to her mother’s village after surviving domestic violence and for the past ten years she has been earning her livelihood sewing uniforms for students, dresses and shirts for her fellow village women and men using an old manual sewing machine.more 

Select male Members of Parliament from Cook Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Bougainville, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga with UNDP Asia-Pacific, Gender Adviser, Koh Miyaoi. (Photo: UNDP/Jone Raqauqau)
Practice Parliament for Women Manual Launched

A two-day validation workshop convened select male Members of Parliament (MPs), from 10 Pacific Islands countries, to build on existing gender equality activities that makes the participation of women in politics not only a reality but a norm. 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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