The Forum Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration at the Leaders Forty-Sixth Meeting held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Leaders reaffirmed their commitment to the implementation of the 2012 Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration. Leaders noted that while there has been notable progress on gender equality in the three six key Declaration areas; gender responsive policies and programmes, gender parity in education and ending violence against women, there has been less progress on women’s economic empowerment and sexual reproductive and health services.
To assist with the implementation of the Declaration the Secretariat will increase its support to raising awareness and advocacy on the PLGED. To mark the 16 days of activism to end violence against women, the Secretariat would like to share country stories on implementing the Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration.
National Women’s Departments and Civil Society are invited to submit their stories which will be promoted through the PLGED website, social media and at a function on 10th December 2015 celebrating women and girls human rights.
The PLGED Stories will focus on key measures or activities implemented to progress any of the six areas:-
- Gender Responsive Government Programs and Policies
- Decision Making
- Economic Empowerment
- Ending Violence Against Women
The stories can document the following:-
- Strategies and innovative tools
- Partners involved
- Inclusive approaches
- Using a women and girls human rights framework
- Results: direct impact on communities and women and girls
PLGED Stories to be submitted to the Secretariat by 24th November. Case studies from the 16 Forum Member Countries and from a wide range of groups such as governments, civil society, private sector, faith based organisation, academics and communities are welcomed. Preferred word length is 250 – 300. Completed stories with photos identifying the people or groups mentioned in the story to be sent to Seema Naidu Gender Issues Officer via email at email@example.com at the Pacific Islands Forum. Please see the attached document for more information.