Closing the gender gap in the Pacific

IB’s Status of Women in the Pacific Report

As the world celebrates International Women’s Day on 8th March, at least two Pacific countries have not ratified the popular instrument dedicated to eliminate any form of discrimination against women- CEDAW. Palau and Tonga out of the seven countries globally have yet to join the rest of the Pacific to ratify the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979 and came into force in 1981. While most Pacific Island countries have ratified CEDAW, Nauru was the only country to ratify it in the last decade.

Speaking to UN Women’s Pacific Regional Technical Specialist Sandra Bernklau, Islands Business established that a lot has changed for the women in the region over the last ten years. Despite the progress to advancing the gender equality gap, work and commitment was needed especially in critical areas like Violence Against Women, Women in Leadership and Women in Employment. “There is a strong commitment by Pacific governments to advance gender equality in the region as reflected by most Pacific Island countries having ratified the global convention called CEDAW,” she said…

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