- Focus Areas
The Pacific Women Advisory Board (Pacific Women) comprises a number of eminent Pacific Island women and men. The members of the Advisory Board are strong advocates for gender equality in their own communities.
The purpose of the Pacific Women Advisory Board is to provide advice on the strategic direction of Pacific Women. The Advisory Board reflects the Australian Government’s commitment to a Pacific-led response to improving the opportunities for political, economic and social advancement of Pacific women.
Members of the Advisory Board are:
Dr Sharman Stone, Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, is an observer to the Advisory Board. Dr Stone has been a longstanding advocate on gender equality issues in Australia and globally and has had a distinguished 20-year career in the Australian Parliament. She delivered Australia’s Statement on the Status of Women in the United Nations General Assembly in 2014, where she also worked on the development of the new Sustainable Development Goals. Dr Stone has participated in regional dialogues for Pacific women political leaders and policy makers in the Pacific (Tonga, 2014), the Australian-funded Pacific Women’s Parliamentary Partnerships Project, and the Women Ministers and Parliamentarians Conference on Progressing Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights into Beijing + 20.
Dr Sharman assumed the role after Ms Natasha Stott Despoja term as Ambassador ended in 2016.
The first Advisory Board meeting was held in Canberra on 10 April 2013; the second on 12 August 2014 ; the third on 4 November 2015. The fourth will be held on 4-5 April 2016. The Advisory Board convenes annually.