Gender experts meet in Fiji for Pacific consultation

22 Apr 2008

(Suva, Fiji) - Civil society members working in the area of gender, government representatives and development partners concluded a two day meeting in Suva today that discussed Pacific perspectives on gender inequality.

The discussions were part of the consultations on the process of preparing the Asia Pacific Regional Human Development report on Gender, and will feed into the report, which is being facilitated by the Human Development Report Unit of the UNDP Regional Centre Colombo. The two day Pacific consultation, held at the Holiday Inn in Suva followed the Asia consultation that was held in Malaysia from 14-15 April.

The Pacific consultation discussed ‘unequal power and voice’ that has been identified as the overarching framework for this work.   The discussions also focused on gender socialization and identities which influence opportunities and choices for women and men, as well as sensitive aspects relating to gender that include cultural norms and practices.

The meeting discussed the six themes under consideration for the report. These include gender and political and justice system gaps; economic gaps and the importance of investing in gender equality; energy and environment; gender based violence; gender in crisis prevention and recovery; and gender in the context of migration and mobility. The Pacific consultation while gathering Pacific perspectives on gender inequality also helped narrow down the core issues that will be addressed in the report.

The Asia Pacific Regional Human Development Report on Gender will be the third in a regular series. The first in this series was the 2006 report ‘Trade on Human Terms: Transforming Trade for Human Development in Asia and the Pacific.’ The second, ‘Tackling Corruption, Transforming Lives: Accelerating Human Development for Asia and the Pacific’ will be released soon.