20 Sep 2005

New head of Pacific Women's Bureau seeking strong alliance on gender initiatives

8:29 am on 20 September 2005

The newly-appointed head of the Pacific Community's Pacific Women's Bureau says one of her early priorities will be developing closer partnerships on gender initiatives amongst regional agencies.

Linda Petersen says as well as working closely with the Pacific Islands Forum, she aims to build on and diversify the Bureau's links with regional and global initiatives involving Pacific women.

Ms Petersen says she plans to act on recommendations on the Pacific Platform for Action made by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community's

ninth Pacific Women's Conference last year.

That meeting also identified emerging gender issues relating to media, information technology, globalisation and HIV/AIDS.