A series of Thematic Briefs to provide a broad overview of issues affecting women and girls in the Pacific

The series of Thematic Briefs provide a broad summary of information, analysis and key messages relating to topics which affect women and girls in the Pacific Islands.

These summaries include references to associated research and information. The series of Thematic Briefs have been released by the Paciåc Women Lead (PWL) at the Paciåc Community (SPC) programme. The briefs have been updated to include COVID-19 considerations and recent programme information and are based on the original briefs developed by the former programme, Paciåc Women Shaping Paciåc Development (Paciåc Women).

The series of Thematic Briefs cover the following topics, with more being released soon:

  • Ending Violence against Women in the Pacific: Women in the Pacific face some of the highest level of violence in the world. An estimated 60 per cent women and girls have experienced violence by an intimate partner or family.
  • Women's Economic Empowerment in the Pacific: Women’s empowerment and economic participation are central to sustainable development and sustained poverty reduction.
  • Inclusion of Pacific women with disabilities: Women and girls with disabilities experience multiple forms of discrimination (intersection of gender and disability) that are exacerbated during times of crisis or hardship, such as natural disaster or the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Myths about gender equality in the Pacific: “Gender equality is a western concept and has no place within Pacific culture” is one of the seven common myths highlighted in the Thematic Brief on Myths about gender equality in the Pacific.

About Pacific Women Lead:
One of the largest global commitments to gender equality, Pacific Women Lead aims to promote women’s leadership, realise women’s rights, and increase the effectiveness of regional gender equality efforts.

The Pacific Women Lead (PWL) at SPC programme, termed PWL at SPC, has more than AUD 55 million dedicated to its work under the Australian Government’s AUD 170 million Pacific Women Lead portfolio. This partnership with the Australian Government commits SPC to deliver the PWL programme, as the cornerstone for the portfolio. Read more at https://hrsd.spc.int/pacific-women-lead


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