Fiji Multi-Country Office
There is a growing recognition and understanding within the Pacific that empowering women fuels thriving economies, spurring productivity and growth. To this end, some progress towards gender equality has been made at regional, national and community levels.
For example, some Pacific Island countries and territories have passed domestic violence legislation, have supported the inclusion of sexual and reproductive health rights at international meetings and have included gender equality in development forum discussions.
The region still has a long way to go. The Pacific has some of the world’s highest rates of gender-based and sexual violence, as well as the lowest numbers of women in parliament.
Women in the region often face cultural, economic and systemic barriers to participating fully in their communities. These can include little or no access to decent work, leadership opportunities, legal representation, basic education and healthcare, as well as the direct physical and emotional effects of violence.
However, women also offer unique skills and knowledge that could play a huge part in ensuring the overall health and prosperity of their families, communities and nations.
UN Women’s Fiji Multi-Country Office (MCO) works with governments and civil society organisations across 14 Pacific Island countries and territories to address this imbalance, empower women and build more inclusive societies.
To do this, the MCO works through four key programmes:
- Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE)
- Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (EVAWG)
- Advancing Gender Justice in the Pacific (AGJP)
- Increasing Community Resilience through Empowerment of Women to Address Climate Change and Natural Hazards (IREACH)
UN Women has four field presences in the region – Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu – each of which is led by a National Country Programme Coordinator. As part of the UN Pacific Joint Presence arrangement, UN Women also hosts a Joint Presence Office in Nauru led by the Country Development Manager. The MCO itself is headed by the UN Women Representative and works alongside 19 other UN agencies in the region.
The UN Women Fiji MCO covers the following countries:
There has been progress towards gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Pacific, but it still remains a key challenge. The Millennium Development Goals have helped create awareness and gain political support for efforts to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development across the globe. However, with the Millennium Development Goals coming to a close in 2015, the Pacific region’s progress towards achieving targets has been slow and uneven and many gender disparities still...more