Women’s regional meeting attracts more participants

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Honourable Mereseini Vuniwaqa, Fiji's Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation delivers her speech during the opening of the Triennial
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BY BEN BILUA
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OVER one thousand participants from the public and private sectors will take part in the 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and the 7th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women which kicks off today (27th April).

Speaking to journalists last week, Director of Human Rights and Social Development of the South Pacific Community, Miles Young said the Triennial conference will provide an opportunity for officials from the governments, civil society organisations, Councils of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) and academia to throw in ideas that will later presented during the Ministerial meeting for reviewing.

He said an adoption paper which will set a mechanism for women empowerment in the pacific will be endorsed during the Ministerial meeting.

Young explained that the Triennial conference is part of the Pacific Platform for Action on the Advancement of Women and Gender Equality which formed the basis for the region’s participation in the 1995 World Conference on Women in Beijing or the Beijing Platform for Action (BPA)

“2020 was a key date globally as it marks the 25th anniversary since the adoption of the BPA.

“This particular Triennial is important because we now hit that milestone and it’s an opportunity for us to look at what we have achieved since then,” he said.

However, Young said the task to achievement gender stability in the region is challenging and that more work needs to be done.

“I think we all agreed that for the region, there’s lots of work that needs to be done. We need to be honest and open about it. That when you look at where we are looking at indicators relative to the rest of the world, I think a lot of work needs to be done and I think we need to go into this particular conference with that knowledge,” he said.

The 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and the 7th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women will be live-streamed via zoom across 11 national venues due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Officials and participants from French Polynesia will gather at Le Tahiti Hotel, those in Cook Islands will gather at The Rarotongan Beach Resort, in Marshall Islands, participants and official will gather at Marshall Islands Resort, for Samoa, official and participants will gather at Taumeasina Hotel, in Tonga, official and participants will gather at Fa’onelua Convention Centre, in Solomon Islands, participants and officials will gather at the Heritage Park Hotel, officials and participants from Vanuatu will be at The Grand Hotel Vanuatu, the national venue in Kiribati is at Utirerei Motel, in Nauru officials and participants will gather at Meneng Hotel, for Tuvalu, the officials and participants will be at Tuvalu Broadcasting Cooperation and Federated State of Micronesia, officials and participants will zoom in at SPC MRO Conference Room.

Officials from the Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs (Women’s Development Division) will represent Solomon Islands on the conference.

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