Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately $34.8 million over 10 years on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in Solomon Islands. The first Country Plan includes seven activities valued at $8.5 million, funded through a combination of regional and bilateral funds.
This total is in addition to existing gender equality programs funded by the bilateral program. The Solomon Islands program continues to mainstream gender equality activities across sector programs.
The Solomon Islands country plan was developed following a scoping mission, which was carried out in March 2013. The scoping mission highlighted the opportunity offered by Pacific Women for the Australia to support behaviour change measures that require investment over a longer period of time. On this basis, further design work is being conducted to develop a program focusing on innovative ways to prevent violence against women.
The four activities funded in the first Country Plan will:
- Strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs
- Improve market governance, management, infrastructure and services to increase women’s economic empowerment and reduce violence against women
- Reduce violence against women in 30 communities
- Strengthen the design and monitoring of Australian funded aid programs funded to better respond to the needs of women.
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- Date Published: April 30, 2014