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Strengthening gender mainstreaming capacity in government

22 June 2017

Strengthening the role of central government agencies to support gender mainstreaming across governments’ policies, programmes and services was the aim of a workshop in Suva which was attended by 50 officials from across the Pacific including Government officials from the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Office of the Public Service Commissioner, Ministry of Finance and Office of the Prime Minister.

Mr Paul Allsworth, Acting Secretary for Internal Affairs said “I was able to gain a better understanding on the background of the Pacific Women regional programme and Pacific Gender Equality programme (PGEP), including its achievements and lessons learnt.” 

 “We discussed a range of matters said Daphne Ringi, CEO for the Office of the Public Service Commissioner, from gender analysis and statistics, to the regional and country plans for gender equality.  But more importantly we considered how central agencies could support gender mainstreaming through their respective gender policies and country plans, and what technical assistance and support would be required from regional agencies such as SPC.” 

Other Cook Islands officials at the meeting included statistics officer Jim Nimerota from the Ministry of Finance and Policy Analyst Merita Wi-Kaitaia from the Office of the Prime Minister.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cook Islands Government Officials and other regional participants at the workshop in Fiji.

The Pacific Women (Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development) programme is committing A$320 million over 10 years to improve the political, economic and social opportunities for Pacific women.  PGEP falls under the umbrella of the Pacific Women programme with oversight from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) office in Suva. 

The PGEP 3-year review was completed as at 30 June 2016 with consultations on the next phase of the project in progress.  The Secretariat for the Pacific Community (SPC) is the lead agency coordinating the PGEP across the region.

SPC have supported capacity building of statistics staff in gender analysis.  The Cook Islands and Palau will be piloting gender mainstreaming projects from July this year.  The Ministry of Marine Resources will be working with SPC on this project. – END