Gender Equality

Overview

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.

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  • Budget briefing key for inclusive and transparent national decision-making

    A budget briefing session was conducted online today with Civil Society Organizations. Discussions centered on the overall analysis and a few thematic budget items namely, COVID-19, gender equality and climate risks. The budget briefs have been provided to the CSOs for their analysis and discussions with communities.

  • Online legal aid services available for gender-based violence survivors in Tonga

    An online legal aid services launched in Tonga will enable survivors of domestic violence or gender-based violence to access justice with a more comprehensive legal support. The digital platform was provided online by the Tonga Family Protection Legal Aid Centre (FPLAC) with the support of the UN Development Programme.

  • Celebrating women’s leadership in Solomon Islands

    The UN Development Programme, SolRice, and the Government of Australia have joined forces to acknowledge women’s leadership and their role in achieving social change through the dissemination of 85 000 copies of the Outstanding Women of Solomon Islands booklet. SolRice is one of the country’s largest rice distributors.

  • UNDP calls for temporary basic income to help world’s poorest women cope with effects of COVID-19 pandemic

    A temporary basic income (TBI) given specifically to hundreds of millions of women in the world’s developing countries could prevent rising poverty and widening gender inequalities during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new UNDP report out today.

  • How an agile response transformed Vanuatu's civil register system at a time of crisis

    With its role on the front line in the fight against COVID-19, the United Nations (UN), through its different agencies stepped up in its efforts to ensure the protection of citizens in Vanuatu, with extremely limited health and medical care resources.

  • International Women’s Day 2021 – Women and Climate Security in the Pacific

    International Women’s Day (March 8) is celebrated every year to acknowledge the contributions and achievements of women around the globe. The UN Development Programme (UNDP) recognizes that women’s full participation and decision-making in political, economic and public life is a pre-requisite of democracy and peace, and essential for achieving the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

  • ‘Digital’ and ‘mobile’ a new normal for resilient public service delivery in Tonga

    More citizens in Tonga will enjoy efficient and resilient delivery of public services due to the increasing use of digital and mobile devices in government’s operation. This will be a ‘new normal’ as Tonga prepares for potential threats to public health, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Digital development to empower Tongan gender-based violence survivors to access justice

    Survivors of domestic violence and gender-based violence in Tonga are being encouraged and assisted with an online portal to make their decisions to access justice. The Tonga Family Protection Legal Aid Centre in partnership with the UNDP is developing an online portal to enable survivors to access legal information and reporting mechanism.

  • Remarks at the presentation by Lilly Be’Soer in the lead-up to Women’s Day

    We are happy to welcome today Ms. Lilly Be’Soer, who will speak to us on her work in Papua New Guinea as a peace mediator and Women’s Human Rights Defender, as well as her experience at the CSW. She was invited by UN Women Executive Director, Michelle Bachelet, to participate as a guest speaker during the 56th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York last week, and we are lucky she could take a few days to visit us here on her way back home.

  • Celebrating Women's Role: Stop Violence Against Women and Girls

    I am honored to be able to welcome you to this evening’s performance, “Celebrating Women’s Role: Stop Violence Against Women and Girls”, which comes at the end of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign.

  • Launch of the Civic Education and Empowerment of more Women in Leadership from Village to Parliament

    I am honored to be here with you today to mark the launch of this important project focused on strengthening women’s leadership at all levels. The launch of this project comes at an opportune time. Your work to enhance women’s leadership will I’m sure contribute positively to Fiji’s ongoing transition to constitutional democracy and in view of Fiji’s planned elections next year.

  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    Violence against women and girls appears all too often in headlines across the world. But along with the cases that make the news are many thousands of other incidents occurring every day, on every continent, and in every country. According to the World Health Organization, gender-based violence kills as many women between the ages of 15 and 44 as does cancer. Its toll on women's health surpasses that of traffic accidents and malaria combined.

  • International Women’s Day

    This year’s International Women’s Day theme – Equality for Women is Progress for All – states a simple truth. No country will reach its full potential if its female citizens do not enjoy full equality.

  • Launch of the Continuing Market Business Education programme

    International Women's Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.

  • Launch of the Joint Programme on Ending Violence Against Women and Girls

    It is my great pleasure to warmly welcome all of you on behalf of UN Local Team in Solomon Islands to the official launch of the “Keeping the Promise in Solomon Islands: From Policy to Action”, which is a joint initiative to be implemented by UN Women and UNFPA and Solomon Islands Government in partnership with UNDP, WHO, UNICEF and ILO and other stakeholders.

  • International Women’s Day

    This week, the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which remains the world’s best blueprint for achieving gender equality and empowering women.

  • REACH Bus commissioning

    It is my great pleasure to be here for the launch of the first Mobile Service Delivery Bus that is part of the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion for Rural and Urban Fijians Project, which we all most affectionately refer to as the REACH Project.

  • Launch of the Fiji Access to Justice Project

    It is my great pleasure to be here for this most important occasion. I am inspired by the remarks made by the previous speakers in launching the Fiji Access to Justice Project which will be implemented by UNDP in key partnership with the Judicial Department and the Legal Aid Commission, and with the funding of the European Union.

  • Training of the Trainers’ event on Investigative Interviewing

    It is a pleasure to be with you this morning for the opening of the Fiji Police Force’s “Training of the Trainers in Investigative Interviewing”, which is a component of the Pilot activity of the “First Hour Procedure and Video Recorded Interviews.”

  • Opening of the Fiji Criminal Law Workshop

    It is a pleasure to be here with you all this morning for the opening of the Criminal Law Workshop. This workshop is part of the Judicial Department’s annual upskilling programme, and I would like to start by acknowledging the Department’s commitment to continuous knowledge and skills enhancement.

  • Launch of the 2007 Fiji Law Reports

    As already alluded to by Mr. Wagner in his remarks, the publication and distribution of the Fiji Law Reports is supported by the Fiji Access to Justice Project, which is funded by the European Union and implemented by UNDP.

  • The REACH Capacity Building Workshop

    It is a great privilege to be with you at this Capacity Building Workshop organized by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation in partnership with the UNDP Pacific Office in Fiji.

  • Workshop for Fiji MPs on gender-based violence and human rights

    I am honored to be asked to give the closing remarks at this workshop on gender-based violence and human rights. It gives me an opportunity to talk about two issues that are central to the achievement of the Sustainable Development agenda, specifically its Goal 5 for Gender Equality and Goal 16 for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. These two issues are gender-based violence and women’s participation in politics – each an important concern of its own, with a strong link between the two.

  • Access to Justice Assessment Launch in Fiji

    I am very pleased to welcome you all to the Public Launch of the Fiji Access to Justice Assessment. Thank you for being here with us this afternoon. It is heartening to see key partners present in this event, representing all three branches of government, the independent institutions, civil society groups and practicing lawyers.

  • 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.

  • Gender experts meet in Fiji for Pacific consultation

    Civil society members working in the area of gender, government representatives and development partners concluded a two day meeting in Suva today that discussed Pacific perspectives on gender inequality.

  • Gender, disaster risk management and climate change training set to begin

    A Training of Trainers for Gender, Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change will be held at Tanoa Plaza, Suva from 21-22 January, 2010. The event is jointly organized by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation.

  • Workshop addressing gender issues during disasters

    Imagine a woman lying unconscious and dressed in the tattered remnants of her clothing after a disaster. And imagine that it takes more time than necessary to give her first aid because the men in the search team do not want to touch her due to cultural codes.

  • Elections training for women candidates in Tonga

    Thirty-two participants, including potential women candidates for Tonga’s national elections in November gathered in Nuku’alofa this week for a one-week training workshop on elections campaigning and leadership.

  • Joint programme on Ending Violence against Women and Girls launched in Honiara

    Representatives from the Solomon Islands Government, UN agencies and civil society organizations gathered in Honiara on Wednesday March 11 to celebrate the official launch of the first phase of the UN-Solomon Islands Government Joint Programme on Eliminating Violence against Women and Girls (Joint Programme).

  • Celebrating Women's Day in the markets

    More than 90 women market vendors in Rakiraki and 25 in Tavua celebrated International Women’s Day, and renewed their knowledge and skills of financial management for their market business through the training sessions, Financial First Steps.

  • Tuvalu Parliament hosts Women’s Practice Parliament

    Seventeen women from a diverse range of backgrounds gathered on this week for the start of Tuvalu’s second Women’s Practice Parliament.

  • Government services will leave no one behind

    Seventy three officers from the Legal Aid Commission and the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation have brushed up their skills of rights awareness raising, to facilitate improved service delivery to people in Fiji.

  • Practice Parliament for Women Manual launched

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) 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.

  • ‘REACH Mobile Service Delivery Buses’ to deliver government’s services to people across Fiji

    Three new custom built buses were commissioned today in Suva that will allow the Government of Fiji to deliver social, economic and legal services to remote communities and raise awareness of Fijians of the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji.

  • Women Clerks and Deputy Clerks Meeting aims to address gender inequalities

    Pacific women that serve as Clerks or Deputy Clerks in their respective countries, are in a unique position to not only promote gender equality in the workplace but also in the work of Parliament.

  • Political participation of men and women key to achieving sustainable development

    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.

  • 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.

  • Getting back on track with timely support provided at his village

    When informed that his application was approved, Sekove Lili looked over his new farm and breathed a long sigh of relief. He will soon be assisted by a social welfare scheme provided by the government to support the daily needs of his family, the Poverty Benefit Scheme. After an assessment of his finances, Sekove will now receive monthly monetary assistance and food vouchers.

  • Practice Parliament for women to level the playing field for women’s political participation

    As a response to gender norms that continue to work against women’s entry into politics, 50 women across the eight provinces of the Solomon Islands are currently gathered in Honiara for the Practice Parliament for Women.

  • Government services reaching out further to people in communities

    Nai Nailevu raises four children who are attending primary and secondary school. She found it difficult to keep her family going after she separated from her husband. She did not have a paid job. She did not know if the Government could provide any support for her.

  • Making financial and business training accessible to rural and part-time market vendors

    Saturday is market day for many part-time market vendors, and a long one for many who would start their travel to the market the night before. Elenoa Tabua of Korovou village in Naitasiri, leaves her home at 11pm every Friday to travel about 50 kilometers to the Suva Municipal Market located in the capital, more than an hour’s travel by road, to allow her enough time at the market to organize her produce of ota, dalo and moli.

  • Vanuatu farmer-vendors inspired for change

    Rural and urban markets in Vanuatu are central to the livelihoods of the people especially the poorer households who depend heavily on the income they earn from their small scale market operations.

  • Climate smart farming techniques help local market vendor-farmers

    A training to increase agricultural productivity and income of market-vendors is helping many who are both farmers and market vendors. UNDP in partnership with Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture is using the training to broaden market vendor-farmers’ knowledge and awareness on how and what effect climate change can have on their farms and ways in which it can be mitigated.

  • 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.

  • Awareness and service delivery provided in Fiji’s remote communities

    Men and women from across 18 villages in the four districts of Kadavu Province, for the first time learned about the legal aid services available to them from the Fiji Legal Aid Commission Officers who recently visited their communities.

  • Providing the remote population of Naitasiri access to social, economic and legal services

    Remote villages in the Naitasiri province, for the longest time, found it difficult to access social, economic and legal services. The people of Matailou and Wanimala District would travel for hours on foot or horseback to the nearby bus stand to get to the city where these services are accessed.

  • Upholding people’s constitutional right to access services

    A number of villages on Taveuni Island are located so far from the island’s town that accessing public services can be such a strain. Their capacity is already stretched as they recover from the aftermath of Tropical Cyclone Winston that hit Fiji almost a year ago, while other settlements located further from shore are enduring dry weather.

  • Reaching the furthest behind first

    Women and men in eight rural communities in four districts of Fiji’s Western Division became more aware of their rights to legal, social and economic services provided by the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, and the Fiji Legal Aid Commission.

  • Services to empower women in Fiji to be bold for change

    People across Fiji, no matter where they live whether in the rural or urban, are stepping up towards empowerment of women and gender equality and are being encouraged to be bold for change.

  • Market vendors eager to learn and upscale their business

    Local markets in Levuka town on the eastern coast of Ovalau are set up in tents towards the sea side and stretches out in the middle of town. There are around 80 to 100 market vendors operating at the town market who are from Ovalau and Moturiki Island in the Lomaiviti Province. All whom are also producers that bring their produce to the market on Saturdays and a few during the weekdays.

  • Youths in Moturiki District recognized Constitutional values and rights

    It is crucial for youths to exercise their constitutional rights to constructively engage with their country’s sustainable development path at all levels.

  • Empowering women to empower more people

    A hundred women from Fiji’s Eastern Division were able to access social, economic and legal services and increase their awareness on the rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Fiji during a workshop recently organized in Suva.

  • 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.

  • Women farmers more empowered by sharing their achievement

    Rita Kawai never thought she could grow vegetables in the backyard of her land in Etas settlement, in the suburb of Port Vila. The soil was too hard and dry and infertile for gardening.

  • People enjoyed government services made accessible at remote locations and market places

    Losavati Sovivi found herself passionately engaged in the awareness raising talanoa (talk) and found exactly what she wanted to know to make her family happier. The details of the social pension scheme and the importance of child protection inspired her, especially as she has dedicated herself to caring for her family members, raising her ten children – with the youngest at 11 years old – and she has been looking after her 82 year-old mother-in-law.

  • Marriage ceremony on the mobile service delivery bus brings hope to the newlyweds

    It had been longed for and came as a most welcomed surprise to Amani Rakula and Savaira Marama Rakula to be joined in civil union as husband and wife through the ‘REACH mobile service delivery’ that arrived at their remote village in Namosi province.

  • Engaging youth for greater awareness on human rights in Fiji’s Northern and Western divisions

    Awareness-raising on human rights and access to justice was the underlying theme for dialogues with youth and non-government organizations (NGOs) in the Western and Northern Divisions of Fiji in July 2017.

  • Fiji Courts plan ahead to further improve service delivery

    Improved service delivery by Fiji’s Judicial Department was a key area considered by twenty-three participants (12 women and 11 men) at the Judicial Department discussion on the Development of the Strategic Plan and Court Help Desks, which was held on 27 and 28 June 2017 in Suva, Fiji.

  • Fiji Annual Law Reports contribute to greater professionalism in the justice sector

    The new 2007 Fiji Law Reports provide access to legal precedents, supporting a higher level of professionalism in the justice sector, an improvement in the provision of justice services, and an improvement in efficiency.

  • Dialogues in Fiji strengthen youth and civil society engagement to support good governance and democracy-enabling conditions

    With the wider objective to strengthen engagement, collaboration and empowerment of youths, non-government organizations and civil society organizations in furthering human rights across Fiji.

  • Market vendors equipped with skills, services and confidence

    On the main street of Levuka town alongside the ocean, you will find market vendors in small tents selling a variety of products: taro, cassava, tomatoes, cucumbers, coconuts, and more.

  • Urban communities benefited from the evening mobile awareness raising and service delivery

    Women, men and youths from three of Suva’s urban communities, Jittu Estate Veiquwawa, Wailea settlement and Tamavua-i-Wai settlement, actively engaged during evening sessions in the awareness raising and service delivery recently undertaken by the Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion (REACH) for Rural and Urban Fijians Project.

  • Sign language on board for equal access to services and advocating for the rights

    The inclusion of sign language interpreters provided persons with hearing loss access to social, economic and legal services and highlighted equal access to justice and government services as human rights during a recent outreach at the Nausori market coordinated by government officers and UNDP.

  • Regaining her strength through awareness of her rights and access to services

    Pranesh Lata was not aware of the social welfare services the Government provides to people in Fiji nor thought she would need it until her husband fell ill. Her husband was a carpenter and built the house where they and their two daughters are living comfortably in the Western part of Fiji.

  • People with disabilities encouraged to become more active through mobile service delivery

    She had stopped going to her farm since she developed her knee pain over the last three years. The pain discouraged her to walk to and from her farm along the unpaved path from her village located on the hill and forced her to stay at home.

  • 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.

  • Coordinated service delivery encourages economic empowerment of women

    With three certificates in hand, Marguerite Gain shares her vision: she wants to become a shop owner to sell her wide array of sewing products, including, pillowcases, curtains, sulu jaba (Fijian traditional women’s dress), and men’s shirts. It is not just a dream, but her business blueprint.

  • Being a woman Land Recorder in Solomon Islands: Realities, challenges and successes

    Empowering women and developing inclusive laws and policies is a core commitment of UNDP. It requires equal participation and representation of women in decision-making on matters affecting their livelihood and communities.

  • Gender Equality and Social Inclusion critical components in Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change in FSM

    Sixty-one participants from key national and state government agencies and civil society organizations in the Federated States of Micronesia gathered for a three-day workshop on Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in Disasters and Climate Change recently.

  • Increasing Women’s Access to Land: Meet Women Who Build Peaceful and Equal Communities in Solomon Islands

    Gender equality and women’s empowerment contribute to lasting peace and resilient communities. The union and collaboration between indigenous Solomon Islanders and other groups within the country were regulated by their own customary jurisdictions from the first day.

  • 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.

  • Tuvalu Coastal Adaptation Project empowering women and girls

    Over the past years, there has been a great shift in the roles of Tuvaluan women at home, in the community, and at the national and international levels. Now, women are engaged as lawyers, magistrates, patrol boat pilots, and carpenters.

  • UN and EU launch Spotlight Initiative Regional Pacific Programme

    Today, the United Nations and the European Union (EU) launched a multi-year partnership - the Spotlight Initiative Regional Pacific Programme focused on amplifying efforts to end violence against women and girls.

  • Young Fijians engage in rights-based development

    The democratic process for sustainable development relies on the engagement of everyone, young and old, with shared goals. Meaningful engagement of young people can build a more inclusive, equal society. Young people in Fiji are engaging in human rights learning and exploring their potential through various activities.

  • Induction for the newly elected and returning members of the Kiribati Parliament

    I would like to start by congratulating all 45 Members on your successful election, and wish you a productive term in Parliament. We note that 17 of you are first time members and hope that induction will be useful introduction for you to the work and role of the parliament.

  • Sports for human rights and access to justice in response to COVID-19 and combating sexual gender-based violence

    Rugby is a common thread that has helped propel unity in the face of adversity. Over the past years, it has proven symbolic in unifying the people of Fiji. Your participation in today’s event is a testament to the true spirit of partnership and collaboration with the aim to resolve multifaceted issues in society.

  • 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.

  • Digital services provide prisoners with access to justice during the COVID-19 pandemic

    Prisoners have been able to meet their children, spouses, siblings and parents living in Fiji and overseas through the video conferencing facilities. For many of them, they have not been able to see their relatives in years, due to the travel distance required to come to the prison. Among the prisoners accessing the remote visitation facilities was a woman serving a life sentence, whose son is studying abroad. She had not seen her son in years, and could not withhold her tears of happiness when she saw his face on the monitor.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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