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Pacific Women Report Launched

Australia’s Minister Ciobo praises initiative   The Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (PWSPD) Report was launched in Suva on Monday in conjunction with the 16 Days of Activism. Australia’s Minister
09 Dec 2015 10:30
Pacific Women Report Launched
From left- Australian Minister for International Development and the Pacific Steven Ciobo, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Rosy Akbar (middle) and Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat deputy secretary general Andie Fong Toy. Photo: AQELA SUSU

Australia’s Minister Ciobo praises initiative

 

The Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (PWSPD) Report was launched in Suva on Monday in conjunction with the 16 Days of Activism.

Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Steven Ciobo launched the report at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Secretariat in Suva.

The report, he said, was a continuation of the commitment made by leaders of 14 Pacific islands three years ago in the PIF Leaders’ Gender Equality Declaration.

It highlights how the programme has been improving services, strengthening gender equality and the advancement of women across the region.

“It is a proud moment for me personally as one of Australia’s White Ribbon ambassadors to officiate this launch during the 16 Days of Activism to end gender-based violence,” Mr Ciobo said.

“Ensuring greater gender equality is not only the right thing to do, but also the smart thing to do. Nations thrive when every woman and girl has the right to live free of gender-based discrimination, and can participate in education, politics, business and society as equals.”

The report contains 50 case studies and stories featuring the voices of Pacific women and men, to highlight country and regional activities and events.

Mr Ciobo said gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls should always be at the heart of sustainable development.

“It is not only the right development objective, but also a smart economic policy.  As long as the dignity and wellbeing of half of humanity is at risk, peace, security and sustainable development will remain out of reach.”

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar, yesterday commended the report.

She said her vision was to see women in the Pacific, with the assistance of development partners, one day overturn gender inequality and enjoy the same rights, choices, freedoms and prosperity.

“Through these partnerships I also see a future when our women and girls can look forward to fulfilling their potential and living lives free from oppression and violence,” Ms Akbar said.
Edited by Maikeli Seru

 Feedback: aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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