- Focus Areas
Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) is a 10 year $320 million program. Pacific Women supports 14 Pacific countries to meet the commitments made in the 2012 Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Gender Equality Declaration and will work with Pacific governments, civil society organisations, the private sector, and multilateral, regional and United Nations agencies to achieve its intended outcomes:
An Advisory Board comprising twelve prominent Pacific women and men guides the initiative. Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls is an observer to the Board.
Program Delivery and Implementation
Australia’s support is primarily delivered at the country level. Individual country plans have been developed – in close consultation with Pacific women and men, their organisations and national governments – to guide implementation of activities. Regional and multi- country activities are funded to address common issues across the region and to complement and build on country activities. Since its launch in August 2012, approximately $90 million has been expensed on over 100 activities.
Women living with disabilities
Two country plans have activities that specifically target women living with disabilities, i.e. Cook Islands and Tuvalu. A member of the Pacific Women Advisory Board represents the interests of women living with disabilities. Country plan development has included consultation with women living with disabilities and disabled peoples’ organisations.
|In the first three years of Pacific Women:
Pacific Women – Samples of Activities
Strengthening Organisational Capacity to deliver Gender Equality Outcomes:
Pacific Women Support Unit
To support program management and the many facets of program and activity level implementation, a Pacific Women Support Unit has been contracted. The Support Unit’s role is to provide technical, administrative and logistical support to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) bilateral and regional Pacific Women programs.
The Support Unit, based in Fiji, is led by Linda Petersen. Before taking up the Team Leader role with the Support Unit, Linda managed the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Culture, Gender and Youth Program. Other members of the team based in Suva include Deputy Team Leader, Sarah Boxall; Gender Specialist, Alina Meyer; Monitoring & Evaluation Manager, Emily Miller; Finance & Administration Manager, Cynthia Ramirez; Communications Coordinator, Shazia Usman; Senior Program Officer – Gender, Tara Chetty; Senior Programs Officer, Shirly Narayan; Program Officer, Pranit Sami; Knowledge Management & Research Officer, Amali Shaw; Finance & Administration Officer, Aman Singh; and Finance & Administration Assistant, Amelia Kamanalagi. To provide direct support to the DFAT Post in Papua New Guinea, a sub-office of the Support Unit has been established in Port Moresby. Staff include PNG Country Manager, Richelle Tickle; Monitoring & Evaluation Officer, Brenda Andrias; Finance & Administration Officer, Tovi Amona and Transport Officer, Christopher Bray.
The Support Unit and DFAT’s Pacific Women team – including Director Tracey Newbury (based in Canberra), First Secretary, Gender Equality, Suzanne Bent (based at the Australian High Commission in Fiji) and Gender Focal Points (based at DFAT Posts around the region) – have agreed to use a one-team approach based on established partnership principles to work together to manage the Pacific Women program.
For more information on Pacific Women, you can: