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Nuku’alofa – April 27, 2021: 12pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tahiti is hosting the 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and the 7th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women, starting today.

The meetings, which are virtually held because of the current COVID-19 crisis, will end on May 4.

Side-events are being convened prior and during the Triennial, under the theme “Our Ocean, Our Heritage, Our Future – Empowering All Women in the Blue Pacific Continent”.

National events were also held in other regional countries, including Tonga.

Organised by the Pacific Community, the 14th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and the 7th Women’s Ministerial Meeting involves a series of meetings and consultations aimed at sustaining the momentum towards gender equality in the Pacific.

The SPC said it includes national multi-stakeholder consultations and one virtual, regional consultation with government line ministries, feminist and women’s rights organisations, faith leaders, media, private sector, and young women scheduled for April, 2021. Together, Pacific governments will agree on achievable targets and develop an action plan to progress gender equality in the region.

This year’s conference and ministers meeting will be delivered via a blended approach of in-person and virtual interaction given that travel restrictions are still being observed across the region due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding support for this event has been provided by the Governments of Australia and the Spotlight Initiative.

Act Now for Pacific Gender Equality amidst the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic
In 2020, the socio-economic effects of the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the challenges that women and girls face in the Pacific. However, the past year, also saw the reaffirmation of gender equality as inextricably linked to achieving sustainable development for all. The Triennial Conference will provide a platform for Pacific Women and leaders to be part of the solution to ensure a just and resilient recovery. It’s time to act now for gender equality in the Pacific.

Progress on the Pacific Platform for Action
The Triennial Conference for Pacific Women plays a key role in linking to other intergovernmental fora due to its convening of national women’s machineries and women’s rights organisations and is an opportunity to reflect on the progress in the implementation of the revised Pacific Platform for Action (PPA) on Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights.

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