Cook Islands

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 Cook Islands. More information on the partnership and nature of support is included in the Pacific Women Cook Islands Country Plan Summary. Details on activities currently underway in-country with various partners is available via our interactive map. The list of program partners can be found here. The Cook Islands is also supported by Pacific Women’s regional program, details of which can be viewed on the interactive map under regional activities.

Stories of Change


A business forum for women in Cook Islands

To mark International Women’s Day 2017, Pacific Women support a two-day Women’s Business Forum in Cook Islands. The two-day event in Rarotonga attracted around 80 women from across Cook Islands including the outer islands of Aitutaki, Atiu and Mitiaro. The forum was designed to provide information to women interested in business and to showcase the successes of Cook Islands’ women entrepreneurs.

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Using social media to share statistics on the prevalence of violence against women

Government and civil society in Cook Islands collaborated to organise a series of activities to mark the 16 Days of Activism in 2016. Funded under the Australian aid program’s Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative, the campaign was locally developed, led and implemented by the Cook Islands Ministry of Internal Affairs, Punanga Tauturu Inc., Ministry of Police, and the National Council of Women.

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Cook Islands using Smart Infographs to Explain Gender Statistics

Quality statistics help everybody in a project cycle. However, data is only as good as our ability to understand, interpret and use the information that is presented. Through the PGEP program, Pacific Women is supporting work in the Cook Islands to improve the analysis and presentation of gender statistics, with the aim of making them accessible, interesting and ready for a wide range of uses.

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Extending the Reach of Family Welfare Services

Walking uphill to the hospital in the tropical heat whilst heavily pregnant to access the ultrasound at the main hospital was not something that Cook Islander women looked forward to. However, IPPF has supported the CIFWA to provide women with better access to reproductive health services, including ultrasound, close to their communities.

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