Australia's Ambassador for Gender Equality Visits Salelologa Market in Samoa
As part of a field visit organized by UN Women's Markets for Change (M4C) project ... Learn more
The newly renovated Vunisea market in Kadavu officially open
To enhance women's access to markets and bolster their economic empowerment, the Fiji Ministry for Local Government, in collaboration with UN Women Markets for Change project and the Suva City Council ... Learn more
Press Release: Strengthening the Resilience of Women and Girls to Disasters: Solomon Islands Government, Australia and UN Women launch new programme.
Honiara, Solomon Islands – A new programme to bolster women’s resilience and leadership for sustainable, secure and thriving communities in the Solomon Islands... Learn more
Media Release: First for the Pacific - Solomon Islands Hosts Regional Directors of Women Learning Exchange
Honiara, Solomon Islands – The Government of Solomon Islands is hosting Directors of Women from 13 Pacific Islands Countries... Learn more
Pacific Prevention Summit: What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Where We Play, Pray, Learn and Engage Together in the Pacific
The Pacific Partnership to End Violence Against Women and Girls (Pacific Partnership) today welcomed over 100 delegates... Learn more

UN Women in the Pacific

UN Women’s Pacific Office (MCO) works with governments and civil society organisations across 14 Pacific Island countries and territories to address gender inequality, empower women and build more inclusive societies.

Over the last 10 years, Pacific Island countries have taken significant strides towards committing to the protection and promotion of human rights. Despite this, discrimination against women and gender inequality are widely known as the most pervasive and prevalent human rights violations in the Pacific. There remains much work ahead.

While women are increasingly active in the business sector, they are still overrepresented in the informal sector, more likely to be in low wage or unpaid family employment and are more likely to be affected by an economic crisis, as well as climate and health emergencies. The Pacific still has the lowest global percentages of women in leadership roles including the world’s lowest overall average of women in parliament.

And although women are now more protected by domestic violence laws passed across the region, the Pacific still has twice the global average of violence against women. When increasing severe natural disasters strike, women face higher risks of violence and illness, and decreased access to critical services like healthcare, shelter, and food. The issues that women face in the Pacific are complex and often compounding, and UN Women works to address these interlinking issues through four programme areas:

The UN Women Pacific Office covers Fiji, Solomon Islands, The Republic of Marshall Islands, Palau, Kiribati, Samoa, Tuvalu, Tonga, Vanuatu, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, Tokelau, Niue, Cook Islands with presence in Kiribati, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu.

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