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SECRETARIAT OF THE PACIFIC COMMUNITY (SPC) Noumea, New Caledonia Suva, Fiji Islands

Press Release February 22, 2000


The Pacific Women's Resource Bureau (PWRB) at the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is starting the millennium with a new look for its quarterly magazine.

Women Today - Pacific picks up where Women's News left off in 1998 and looks at the latest in women's development in the region and the work of the PWRB.

The magazine's makeover is designed to suit the vibrant image of Pacific society. "We want to attract everyone's attention, not just women," says Emele Duituturaga, Women's Development Adviser. "The new name makes the magazine more accessible to everyone and will hopefully encourage more people to be involved in women's development."

Each issue will have a special feature on a different Pacific zone to help share the region's rich cultural diversity. The first issue (March 2000) of Women Today-Pacific looks at how women in New Caledonia are shaping the future through their varied activities within the society.

The March issue also outlines where the Women's Bureau is heading and how it has refocused its activities to be in a better position to address its objectives. One area the Women's Bureau has been active in within the SPC itself is gender equity. It played a fundamental role in the new gender policy adopted by SPC last December. "If development is to be sustained, both men and women need to be involved," says Emele Duituturaga, outlining the importance of gender equity.

Other features include: how SPC's new Director-General, Lourdes Pangelinan, will make a difference, SPC studies and training carried out in the region, a community radio program endorsed by the PWRB, a profile on community fisheries and how the region is confronting HIV and AIDS.

Copies of the magazine are available from the PWRB and beginning in March it will all be on the web at

Consultant editor: Tione Chinula  

For further information contact: Emele Duituturaga Women's Development Adviser Tel: (687) 26 20 00 Email: 

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