Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately $1.4 million over 10 years (2012–2022) on initiatives supporting women’s and girl’s empowerment in the Republic of Palau.
Country Plans are the mechanism through which Pacific Women outcomes and activities are planned and agreed between DFAT and counterpart governments, following extensive national consultations. They provide detail on what will be funded and how these funding decisions are made. This is the first Pacific Women Country Plan for Palau and outlines activities for 2015 to 2019. It was developed on the basis of collaboration and consultation with key stakeholders. The Country Plan was designed to complement existing local initiatives that contribute to gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community North Pacific Gender Equality Adviser is scoping ways to support women in business. This includes examining Palau’s policy and regulatory environment in relation to the private sector, including workplace policies, identifying gaps and remedial actions.
In 2017, a review of the implementation of the Family Protection Act 2012 was conducted. Technical assistance was provided under the Country Plan and the review was carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs. It includes a draft implementation plan.
The Country Plan funds a national Gender Analyst role based in the Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs. The analyst focuses on program development, implementation, research and partnership development in relation to gender statistics, policy and planning.
Pacific Women’s regional funding to the Pacific Community is also supporting a program to introduce gender mainstreaming across all of the Palauan government’s policies and programs. This includes drafting a gender mainstreaming policy and strategy for ratification by congress.
The Palau Country Plan will be continuously improved through monitoring for changes rather than outcomes. The Ministry of Community and Cultural Affairs, Division of Gender, will oversee management of the Palau Country Plan. The Gender Working Group and Family Protection Act Working Group will be encouraged to hold annual reflection retreats so that members can bring new ideas into the work of the groups.
In addition to Pacific Women, DFAT makes an important contribution to gender equality in Palau through mainstreaming gender outcomes in the aid program, as well as through political, diplomatic and corporate activities.
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- Date Published: January 14, 2019