Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately $9.3 million over 10 years on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in Samoa. The first five-year Country Plan includes activities valued at approximately $4.4 million and will be implemented from 2015-2020.
The Samoa Country Plan was developed following a scoping mission informed by consultations with a broad range of stakeholders. These included village communities, civil society and non-government organisations, private sector, media, Government agencies, the judiciary, Cabinet Ministers, the Prime Minister, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade staff and other development partners. Discussions were conducted with rural and urban women, men, young people, women with disabilities, eminent Samoan leaders, and church representatives in Apia and Savaii (representing stakeholders from across rural areas). Discussions sought information about barriers and opportunities for gender equality, the drivers of change in the Samoan context, and where Australia is best positioned to provide support. Further work was undertaken in October – November 2014 to develop a detailed design for the Samoa Women Shaping Development program to be implemented through the Ministry of Women Community and Social Development (MWCSD).
The first five-year (or Phase 1) of the Samoa Country Plan includes the following activities:
- Samoan Women Shaping Development Program – activities valued at approximately $3.8 million from the Australian Government to the Samoan Government through an agreement with the Ministry of Women Community and Social Development (MWCSD) to be implemented from 2015-2020.
- Increasing Political Participation of Women in Samoa – $500,000 to UNDP for a separate activity which aims to increase women’s participation in politics in the lead-up to the 2016 election.
- Gender Adviser to strengthen gender analysis, responses and monitoring and evaluation of current and future programs.
The majority of funding for the first Country Plan will be channelled through the Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) to implement the SWSD. The SWSD program has three main objectives:
- Increasing women’s economic empowerment;
- Increasing participation of women in public life and decision making;
- Reducing the incidence of gender-based violence.
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- Date Published: May 30, 2015