New Caledonia: 100 Femmes Programme

100 Femmes (100 Women) Programme: 

Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Project Management

10.10.16 Group photo - Leadership programme - Pouembout

Twenty-two project managers were part of the Women’s Leadership workshop from 3-7 October 2016 in Ouaté, Northern Province, New Caledonia. Photo: Australian Consulate-General, Noumea. 


Gender equality and women’s empowerment were at the centre of a recent Women’s Leadership workshop organised by the Government of New Caledonia on 3 – 7 October 2016 as part of its four-year “100 Femmes” programme.

The workshop held in Ouaté, Northern Province was part of a five-day residential for 22 female project managers involved in a range of community projects from youth delinquency intervention to safe houses for victims of domestic violence, bio-agricultural and fishing projects and guests houses, to name a few.

The Member of Government of New Caledonia for Women Affairs, Ms Déwé Gorodey emphasised “the necessity of leadership training to gain knowledge and tools, build relationships and partnerships which will eventually foster the social, cultural, economic and environmental sustainable benefits”.

During the week, the Australian Consulate-General in Noumea conducted a half-day session on gender equality and women’s empowerment considerations in project design, management, and monitoring and evaluation. The session drew on DFAT’s Gender Strategy and Guidance Notes and provided useful insights, with some of the participants noting that they had not previously thought about potential gender issues or implications in their projects.

The Councillor for Women’s Affairs for the Government of New Caledonia and programme coordinator, Ms Rolande Trolue, said that “it is important for women to be able to clearly identify the obstacles to their emancipation, their empowerment and well-being in their communities, so as to remove obstacles and fully succeed in their projects”.

The workshop was part of the Government of New Caledonia’s four year ‘100 Women” programme (“100 Femmes” 2015 – 2018) to develop leadership capabilities of 100 women from across New Caledonia.  The programme’s objectives are to promote a better understanding of how to defend rights, fight against discrimination, inequality and injustice, combat violence against women, and participate in the governance of New Caledonia on an equal footing to men.

Each year the Program focuses on a different sector: in 2015 it was ‘women who ran associations’; for 2016 it is ‘women project managers’; in 2017 the focus will be on ‘female entrepreneurs’- and in 2018 ‘women in decision-making positions’.

The 100 Women programme draws on gender specialists from the Pacific Community (SPC), the region and local expertise.

Source: Australian Consulate-General, Noumea.