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 (Photo: UNDP/Tomoko Kashiwazaki) More

Our stories

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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