Archives for June 2017


National Economies and Commitments to Benefit from Gender Responsive Budgeting

 Wednesday 14 June 2017 (Pacific) – Decision-makers around the region are being urged to match commitments on gender equality with increased and better targeted funding.

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Director for Policy, Sione Tekiteki made the call at a regional training workshop aimed at improving understanding of the financial benefits and impacts of spending on women and men, and planning gender responsive budgets.

“Generally in the Pacific region, targeted government spending on women is very low at around just one per cent of national budgets. This is not enough,” said Mr Tekiteki.

“Political and policy commitments for gender equality can only be achieved if sufficient funds are allocated for their implementation.”

The need for improved gender responsive budgeting was reiterated at the official opening of the workshop by UN Women’s Multi-Country Office Representative, Aleta Miller.

“We can only achieve an equal society if the needs of both women and men are reflected in our key policies such as budgets,” Ms Miller said.

“The workshop equips the participants with the important tools to start analysing, tracking and ensuring gender equality becomes everyone’s business.”

Supported by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, UNESCAP and UN Women, the Regional Gender Responsive Budget Workshop highlighted how improved budgeting benefits the growth of economies and the achievement of key commitments, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The regional workshop, held in Suva from 12-13 June, will assist participants to take a more systematic and structured approach to integrating gender into central planning and finance processes, and to identify good practice and useful methodologies to track allocation of resources for gender equality.

“It is quite an eye opener for me!” said Jacob Manase, Assistant Secretary for Policy and Planning – PNG Department for Community Development, adding that: “you can have the best gender policy but if you cannot fund it you’ll make no impact.”

Pauline Soaki, Director of the Women’s Development Division – Solomon Islands Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs emphasized the responsibility for ministries to close the gender gap.

“Gender responsive budgeting is important because we must meet community needs, but communities have men and women, and they have different needs. We need to bring the financial controllers into the gender equality conversation immediately, to ensure the proportionate allocation of funding for resources.”

Participants from across the Pacific attended the workshop including civil society organisations, development partners, UN agencies, regional organisations, and senior government officials from 13 forum countries.

Gender Segregation in the Workplace

– here is a link to the final Parliamentary Committee Report

A Century of Milestones: Women and Justice in Queensland


Tuesday 18 Jul 2017 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM @ Parliament House Brisbane

NFAW and UNAAQ are partnering in organising a function to celebrate A Century of Milestones for Women and Justice.

It will be held at Queensland Parliament House from 5.30pm on Tuesday 18 July, kindly hosted by Hon Di Farmer Deputy Speaker of the House.

  1. Welcome
  2. UNAAQ was gifted an indigenous anthem.
  3. Hon Di Farmer opens the events setting the scene for a century of milestones.
  4. Dr Mary Crawford, retiring President for the National Foundation for Australian Women will share insights from her terms in office and the broad range of women’s public policy initiatives.
  5. Donnell Davis will share the renewed role of UNAA and the importance of the empowerment of the whole of community (through the voices of women), reflecting Sustainable Development Goals 5, 8,10, and 16.
  6. Thanks and close.

Please arrive at 5.30 for the formal security process with your photo identification. The attendance charge is $35 per person covering refreshments. You can book at Eventbrite For further info: 0432978230 women-and-justice-in-queensland-with-national-foundation-for-australian-women