Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately $3.9 million over 10 years (2012–2022) on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
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. The first three-year RMI Country Plan was implemented from 2014–2016. It was developed following an in-country design mission in April 2013 to complement existing programs that contribute to gender equality in RMI. Consultations were held with government ministries, development partners, non-government organisations, civil society organisations, business stakeholders as well as discussions with women. Unfortunately, the design team was not able to visit remote outer atolls.
The Country Plan funded the establishment of a domestic violence counselling service operated by local non-government organisation Women United Together Marshall Islands (WUTMI). The Country Plan also provided capacity support to WUTMI, so that it can continue to drive change for women.
A Country Plan review took place during February 2018 and the Country Plan is currently being updated to document future Pacific Women activities in RMI.
In addition to Pacific Women, DFAT makes an important contribution to gender equality in RMI 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