29 May 2007

Pacific women's organisations need support to promote gender equality

3:56 pm on 29 May 2007

The United Nations Development Fund for Women says women's organisations in the Pacific need to be strengthened if gender equality is to be attained.

Delegates from around the Pacific are attending the 10th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women in New Caledonia this week, with the theme being 'Pacific Women, Pacific Plan: Stepping up the Pace to 2010.

The head of UNIFEM Pacific, Elizabeth Cox, says gender equality is not going to happen spontaneously, it needs both drivers in government and in civil society.

"It is about political commitments, it's about resource allocation but its also about having strong civil society organisations that remind governments of their accountability and demonstrate the kind of programmes that can be established and the kind of work that can be done."

Elizabeth Cox says governments need to be reminded of the international commitments they have made to gender equality, and to hold firm to these commitments.