Federated States of Micronesia

Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately AU$1.4 million over ten years (2012-2022) on initiatives supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment in FSM. More information on the partnership and nature of support is included in the Pacific Women FSM Country Plan Summary 2015-2019 valued at AU$445,000. FSM is supported through Pacific Women’s regional program. Details of initiatives can be viewed via our interactive map under regional activities.

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Stories of Change


The importance of non-state actors in progressing gender equality

As a signatory to the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), FSM reports regularly to the CEDAW Committee on the country’s progress towards gender equality. With support from Pacific Women, FSM’s non-government organisations were also able to present their shadow report to the 66th Session of the CEDAW Convention (Feb–Mar 2017).

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Progressing gender equality amongst semi-autonomous states

The four states of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) span nearly 2,700 km of ocean. In her work to progress the adoption of a national gender policy, Ms Norleen Oliver knows first-hand the challenges – and rewards – of working in an environment of geographically spread, semi-autonomous states.

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Promoting Full and Equal Participation for Women and Girls Living with Disabilities

Discrimination can be twofold for women and girls living with disabilities. They can experience unequal treatment because of their gender and also because of their disability. In FSM, Pacific Women is supporting the government’s efforts to protect the rights of women and girls living with disabilities through legislation.

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Optimising Technical Assistance Through Partnership

Pacific Women and SPC are trialling an innovative technical assistance model through the joint engagement of a gender equality adviser. The adviser, employed by SPC, supports both Pacific Women and SPC initiatives in the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Palau and the Republic of Marshall Islands (RMI). After only six months, the adviser is already reporting benefits of this collaborative arrangement.

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