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​Pacific’s largest women’s conference to take place in Suva, Fiji

News 28 Sep 2017

The largest women’s conference to be held in the Pacific will take place from October 2-6, in Fiji’s capital Suva.

Primarily coordinated by the Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with the multi-partner steering committee, and principally supported by the Australian Government, the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and the sixth Meeting of the Pacific Ministers for Women will bring together senior government officials and civil society representatives from across 22 Pacific Island countries and territories.

Progress made on commitments to increasing gender equality; identifying measures to accelerate progress and implementation efforts in the region will be discussed.

Successive Triennial Conferences have provided an important space for the participation of civil society organisations.

This year’s conference will see greater engagement by civil society, particularly young women and women with disability.

It will also aim to encourage greater partnership between governments and development partners to support the participation of civil society representatives on official delegations, so there is a stronger, more amplified Pacific voice at global discussions on gender.

The overarching theme of this year’s Triennial and Conference is Pacific Women’s economic empowerment.

Republic of the Marshall Islands President Dr Hilda Heine, the first woman head of state of an independent Pacific Island nation, will deliver the key note address.

The 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and the sixth Meeting of the Pacific Ministers for Women

When: October 2-6, 2017

Where: Novotel Lami Bay in Suva, Fiji