News 25 Jul 2017
The strength and resilience of Pacific women, and their contribution to communities in the region has been recognised in Noumea, New Caledonia.
On Monday, representatives of the 26 countries and territories that govern the Pacific Community (SPC), and who have gathered in Noumea for SPC’s biennial conference, participated in the official launch of a regional campaign celebrating the legacy of Pacific women.
The Inspiring Pacific Women campaign, which also coincides with SPC’s 70th Anniversary celebrations, w ill highlight the significant contribution of 70 women or groups of women towards the social, economic, cultural and political development of SPC’s Pacific Island country and territory members.
Director-General of the Pacific Community, Dr Colin Tukuitonga (pictured) spoke at the launch.
He says without the strength and resilience of women, the Pacific and its communities would be quite different today.
“We increasingly hear about the Pacific women of our past who broke barriers and inspired so many – women navigators of our Pacific Ocean, sportswomen, writers and poets,” Dr Tukuitonga says.
“They are all Pacific leaders - the 70 Inspiring Pacific women initiative celebrates their legacy.”
Dr Tukuitonga also paid tribute to the first woman at the helm of SPC, Lourdes Pangelinan, who features as the inaugural profile in the regional campaign.
Earlier this year, SPC made a general call for submissions to assist with identifying suitable candidates for the campaign.
Over the next 70 days, each successful submission will be shared via SPC’s corporate media platforms and regional media partners.
The campaign will culminate with start of the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and Meeting for Pacific Ministers for Women, which will be hosted in Suva, Fiji in October this year.
SPC member representatives are attending the organisation’s 47th Meeting of the Committee of Representatives of Governments and Administrations (CRGA 47) and 10th Conference of the Pacific Community in Noumea, from July 24 to 28.
Visit SPC for more information on the Inspiring Pacific Women campaign.