PSIDS Call for Greater Regional Attention to Women's Empowerment
At the United Nations today, the Pacific Small Islands Developing States (PSIDS) called for greater attention to women’s empowerment in their region. The PSIDS statement was delivered to the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) by Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Peter Thomson.
The PSIDS statement emphasized that gender violence remains unacceptably high in the region, with far too many women continuing to suffer from gender-based violence. The statement recognized that PSIDS Governments are putting in place gender policies, legislation and other measures to address this grave problem, along with underlying causes and preventative measures, but that much work remains to be done.
The CSW Session was told that PSIDS maintain it is difficult to talk about development and the closing of the gender inequality gap in the Pacific, without addressing climate change. Since it is well known that the first to bear the negative impacts of climate change are women and girls, the PSIDS statement called for greater political will from global leaders to combat climate change. The statement underlined global and bilateral partnerships that help develop a low carbon economy, through transfer of clean technology, finance and capacity building, as concrete action with impacts at national levels.
The PSIDS statement called for the CSW to recognize that the unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals must be addressed, including in relation to persisting gender inequalities. In the formulation of the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda, PSIDS expect that as well as a stand-alone goal on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls, with measurable targets and indicators, that these issues must also be mainstreamed into the other sustainable development goals to be set for the fifteen years ahead.