12th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women

Wednesday 18 September 2013, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), Noumea

The 12th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women (20–24 October) and the 5th Pacific Women’s Ministerial Meeting (24, 25 October) will, according to the SPC Human Development Programme Manager Linda Petersen, focus on celebrating progress in gender equality in the Pacific Island region and will also discuss the future – where, as Pacific nations, we would like to position gender equality in the post-2015 development agenda at national and regional level.

The meetings, said Ms Petersen, will be hosted by the Cook Islands Government and will centre on reviewing national and regional implementation of gender equality commitments: the Revised Pacific Platform for Action, the Millennium Development Goals, and treaties and conventions, including the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women and UN Security Council Resolution 1325 (Women, Peace and Security).

Ministers, government officials, civil society organisation and development partner representatives – 160 all told – have registered for the conference, which will link together the past, the present and the future of the women’s movement in the Pacific.

‘We will be setting the stage of the conference at the official opening on October 20th  with a tribute video, as well as two keynote presentations. Leading Pacific feminist and Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender) Imrana Jalal will set the scene for the deliberations by addressing the conference on how economic, social and environmental changes are already affecting women’s lives and how they will probably affect the way we live and our relationships in the future. The second keynote is to be given by a representative of Pacific young women, who will share the future they envisage for their communities, their children,’ said Ms Petersen.

Meanwhile, SPC has welcomed the support of the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme (PACMAS) for the media and communication strategy of the conference.

‘SPC recognizes that the media are a source of empowerment for communities, as information and knowledge enable people to make informed decisions about issues that affect their lives. The main purpose of this media and communication strategy is to enable the Secretariat to create an environment for effective and innovative media coverage,’ says Linda Petersen.

The 2005 Ministerial Communiqué of Pacific Women Ministers highlighted the important role of the media in advancing women and gender equality. Ministers recognize that the media are a powerful tool that can either promote or shut out women issues from public discourse. They further recognised the need to work with the media towards changing the stereotyping portrayal of women in the media.

Media interviews can be arranged with Linda Petersen:
Office + 687 26 20 00
Direct Line +687 260119 – extension 31119