(SPC) Trade, HIV/AIDS, and migrant women workers on the agenda at SPC 9 th Conference of Pacific Women

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 06/08/2004 - 23:07

SPC HQ, Noumea- Some of the most significant research this year on the situation of Pacific women is about to be presented to Pacific governments and civil society organisations.

Rosita Hoffmann
SPC - Press Releases

August 6, 2004

Beginning 16th August, the SPC's 9th Conference of Pacific Women in Nadi, Fiji Islands, will discuss commitments and progress towards gender equality in the last decade.

On the agenda will be a list of emerging issues affecting women, including HIV/AIDS, peace and security, the media, migrant workers, and globalisation and trade. Consultants and speakers will present their findings on these areas - which were not part of the development scenario in 1994 when Pacific Ministers of Women first met and endorsed a regional commitment to women and sustainable development, the Pacific Platform for Action.

Also dubbed the PPA, this document presents a series of critical areas for action and progress, and is the focus of key sessions at the forthcoming meeting. A review of the PPA, presented by development and gender specialist Penelope Schoeffel-Meleisea, will be the focus of one of these sessions. The review is the result of a 5-month consultancy funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

Three papers to be presented, on "Institutional support and policies" by Professor Elise Huffer, "Globalisation and trade" by Margaret Malua and "Women migrant workers" by Avelina Rokoduru, have been funded by UNIFEM Pacific.

Other papers include a report of SPC funded research on HIV/AIDS and women, by Chaitanya Lakshman, "Government budgets and gender equality" by Professor Rhonda Sharp and "Tradition and religion" by Reverend Akuila Yabaki.

There will also be a joint SPC/UNDP paper on the Millennium Development Goals.

The overall meeting will present an outcomes document to Pacific Ministers of Women, who are also meeting in Nadi, on 19th August.

For more information contact: Rosita Hoffman, SPC Communications Officer on RositaH@spc.int

Background information on the Ninth Triennial Conference of Pacific Women (16-19 August 2004, Nadi, Fiji Islands)

Theme - Gender Equality: Commitment or Tokenism

The main goal of the 9th triennial Conference is to provide the (Pacific) region with its first comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analysis of the status of women within the region.

The objectives are to:

* Monitor and evaluate the implementation of the Pacific Platform for Action and consequently the Beijing Platform for Action on the status of women in the region.

* Identify the achievements and gaps relating to the implementation of the PPA.

* Influence government and public policies, programmes and projects in dealing with women's issues and concerns and gender and development at both national and regional levels.

* Recommend and adopt strategies at the regional and national levels.

Programme of the week

Monday 16 August

Morning Session

8.15 - 8.45 Keynote Address: "Theme: Gender Equality: Commitment or Tokenism"

8.45 - 9.30 Opening Statement

10.00 - 11.15 Plenary Session on Review of the Implementation of thePacific Platform for Action and BPoA (Working Paper 1 - To be presented by the consultant)

Plenary Discussion
11.15 - 12.15 Simultaneous Thematic Discussion Groups on 13 Critical Areas

Afternoon Session
1.15 - 2.15 Report back to Plenary from Four (4) Thematic Group Discussions 2.15 - 3.00 Plenary Session on Review of Institutional Mechanisms, Policies, Legislations and Programmes in Support of Gender Equality in the Pacific

Guest Speaker
Working Paper 2 - To be presented by the Secretariat
3.30 - 4.15

Plenary Discussion
4.15 Drafting Committee Meet

Tuesday 17 August

Morning Session
8.30 - 10.00 Plenary Session on Globalisation and Trade and the Impact on Pacific Women(Working Paper 3 - To be presented by the Consultant)

Plenary Discussion
10.30 - 12.00 Plenary Session Emerging Issue: HIV/AIDS and Women in the Pacific Island Countries and territories
(Working Paper 4 - To be presented by the Consultant)

Plenary Discussion

Afternoon Session
1.00 - 2.45 Plenary Session on the Impact of Tradition and Religion on Women's Lives in the South Pacific
(Working Paper 5 - To be presented by theConsultant)

Plenary Discussion
3.15 - 5.00 Plenary Session on Emerging Issues in the Pacific: Women Migrant Workers Guest Speaker
(Working Paper 6 - To be presented by the Consultant)

Plenary Discussion
5.00pm Drafting Committee Meet

Wednesday 18 August

Morning Session
8.30 - 10.00 Plenary Session on Government Budgets and Gender Equality in the Pacific
(Working Paper 7 - To be presented by the Consultant)

10.30 - 12.00 Plenary Session on Emerging Issues -Women, Peace & Security/Women and the Media/Millennium Development Goals Presentation by Panellists Plenary Discussions

12.00 - 12.45 Plenary Session on Restructuring of the Pacific Women's Bureau
(Working Paper 8 - To be presented by the Secretariat)

Plenary Discussion

Afternoon Session

1.45 - 3.00 Simultaneous Thematic Group Discussions on:

* National Women Machineries
1 Globalisation & Trade
3 Culture, Traditions, Religions
4 Women Migrant Workers
5 Gender Budget Audit
6 Emerging Issues

3.30 - 4.45 Report back to Plenary from Six (6) Thematic Discussion Groups

4.45pm Drafting Committee Meet

Thursday 19 August

Morning Session

8.30 - 9.00 Plenary Session: Report from Donors Meeting Discussion
9.00 - 10.00 Final Plenary Session - Presentation & Adoption of the Meeting Report "A Regional Overview 1994 - 2004: A Decade of Implementation of the PPA and BPoA"
10.00 Closing Ceremony



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