Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend up to $1.8 million over three years (2015–2018) on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in Tuvalu.
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 Tuvalu Country Plan was developed through a comprehensive literature review and an in-country design mission that included consultations with a wide range of stakeholders representing government, local leaders, nongovernmental organisations, churches, the private sector and through direct discussion with women, youth and people with disabilities. A review of the Tuvalu Country Plan took place in July 2018.
The Country Plan supports the Government of Tuvalu to research ways to increase women’s political representation at national and island council level, including on the use of Temporary Special Measures. This research will be conducted prior to the 2019 elections. The Tuvalu Country Plan will provide assistance to determine the best approach for supporting women’s economic empowerment in Tuvalu.
Through the Tuvalu Country Plan, Australia will support a number of activities to help address violence against women and girls, including provision of counselling services, research on ‘safe spaces’ or temporary refuge options and support for implementation of the Family Protection and Domestic Violence Act 2014.
Since 2016, Pacific Women has supported a full-time Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Adviser to work with relevant organisations that coordinate and promote gender equality and social inclusion in Tuvalu. The adviser provides gender mainstreaming support and advice on inclusive development. This complements the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s support to Government of Tuvalu to implement their agreed Gender Mainstreaming Action Plan. The Country Plan also supported the Tuvalu National Disability Study in 2017. The results of the study are being used to inform policy decisions and increase public understanding of the needs and rights of people with disabilities. Other components of the Tuvalu bilateral program also support gender mainstreaming and social inclusion, for example through the Tuvalu Constitutional Review Project Australia is contributing $884,830 (2017–2019) to review and update the constitution to reflect gender equality and social inclusion issues.
In addition to Pacific Women, DFAT makes an important contribution to gender equality in Tuvalu 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