11.04.2013 - UNESCO Office in Apia

Pacific Workshop on Women's Empowerment

Workshop on Women's Empowerment for the Culture of Peace and Non-Violence in the Pacific to take place at Nadi, Fiji, from 13 to 15 June 2013.


Gender-based violence is widespread across the Pacific.  This is an issue which has been consistently raised by Pacific Islands Countries (PICs) in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).  The Pacific Regional Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security launched by the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) provides a framework for concerted actions by countries and development partners.  Gender equality and addressing gender-based violence are key regional priorities in the Pacific.

Pacific Workshop

A Women's Empowerment Workshop (Nadi, Fiji, 13 - 15 June 2013) will bring together experts in the area of women's empowerment for a culture of peace and non-violence in the Pacific.  Research papers and information on projects aimed at promoting gender equality in the region will be presented.  Topics include;

  • exploring linkages between culture and women's empowerment
  • gender and cultural norms
  • discriminatory cultural practices
  • traditional justice systems
  • participation of women in decision making at all levels

Presentation will form the basis for discussion with recommendations made in a plenary session to be included in a workshop policy statement and action plan.

Information Documents

Workshop Brochure

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