The Pacific region continues to hold some of the highest figures of violence against women and some of the lowest figures for female political representation, said New Zealand group Women's Rights and Advocacy in the Pacific (WRAP)(1). With the release of the report, Promoting Gender Equity in the Pacific, WRAP is calling on Pacific Island leaders to take urgent action to promote gender equity in the region. The report details 14 recommendations on how to effectively address Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) and to increase women's roles in public and political decision making.…Read more
As the Philipinnes reels from the devastation of flooding, and our thoughts go out to those affected by this disater, discussions have been taking place as to the hosting of the APNGO Forum. Dr Patricia Licuanan, Convenor of the AP NGO Fourm on Beijing + 15 informs us that the event will continue and that they will use this disaster as an opportunity to expand, strengthen, deepen and enliven the timely discussions of climate change and disaster preparedness and management and the gender dimensions of these.