Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately $142 million over 10 years (2012–2022) on regional and multi-country initiatives supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment. More information on the partnership and nature of support is included in the Pacific Women Regional Activities Summary. Details on activities currently underway with various partners is available via our interactive map. The list of program partners can be found here.

Stories of Change

Review of counselling services for survivors of violence in the Pacific

Quality counselling is a key service in supporting survivors of violence against women. To better understand the status of counselling in the region, Pacific Women conducted a review of counselling services in 14 countries. Ten of the 14 countries mandate the provision of counselling in national legislation against sexual and/or family violence.


Whole of government responsibility for gender mainstreaming

The Progressing Gender Equality in the Pacific program supports governments to improve their capacity to mainstream gender equality considerations and responses and to collect and analyse gender statistics to monitor their progress towards gender equality. An evaluation conducted in the second half of 2016 found that the program is achieving positive and demonstrable gains and remains highly relevant.


Voices from the vendors

In just over three years, UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project has made substantial progress towards achieving its outcomes. The best people to explain how the project is supporting different facets of women’s economic empowerment across three Pacific countries are the market vendors themselves.


Pacific feminists working for change

The inaugural Pacific Feminist Forum brought together feminists, women human rights defenders and gender equality advocates from across the Pacific. Participants joined in three days of networking, sharing and learning and launched the Pacific Feminists Charter for Change—a document that captures Pacific feminist perspectives and priorities.