To celebrate the achievements made by Pacific societies towards gender equality, and to come up with strategies to address the remaining gaps, SPC is launching an interactive discussion, which will run from February to July 2015. On the first and third Monday of each month we will share with Pacwin members an interesting finding from the Beijing +20 regional review: a startling statistic, a promising development or an important gap, covering each of the 12 priority areas of the Beijing Platform for Action. We will exchange ideas about successes and setbacks, and collectively imagine ways to address some of the key challenges facing women and girls in the region.
The objective of this discussion is to look at where we stand in the Pacific region on the various dimensions of gender equality, and to put together our ideas about how to create and maintain momentum in achieving gender equality in the region.
The points raised in the discussion will be recorded by SPC, and we will then choose a set of key points that we will then take to a discussion on gender equality at the United Nations Special Summit on Sustainable Development, in September 2015.
How do I join the discussion?
If you are not yet a Pacwin user, send an email to Mereoni Tavakaturaga-Robinson, at
, and she will enrol you. You will receive an email on the first and third Monday of each month during the discussion period, with the discussion topic from one of the 12 priority areas of the Beijing Platform for Action. Any Pacwin user can post a reply. All replies are moderated and then sent back to all users, to create the interactive. You will also be able to amend your settings to receive only daily or weekly discussion updates.
How can I contribute?
Bring your perspective, share the story of your organisation - its achievements and its challenges - or share you own personal testimony. How do the statistics and findings from the Pacific Regional Review relate to your own life, hopes and aspirations? What are your strategies for self-empowerment? Have you observed any progress or setbacks in that area?
Schedule of discussions:
2 February 2015: Area A. Women and Poverty
16 February 2015: Area B. Education and Training of Women
2 March 2015: Area C. Women and Health
16 March 2015: Area D. Violence against Women
7 April 2015: Area E. Women and Armed Conflict
10 April 2015: Area F. Women and the Economy
4 May 2015: Area G. Women in Power and Decision-Making
18 May 2015: Area H. Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women
1 June 2015: Area I. Human Rights of Women
15 June 2015: Area J. Women and the Media
6 July 2015: Area K. Women and the Environment
20 July 2015: Area L. The Girl Child
Join in, and raise your voice!