Roundtable Discusses Status Of New Caledonia

Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

News Release

Secretariat of the Pacific Community Noumea, New Caledonia

Monday, June 3, 2013

Women

Over 65 women from all provinces of New Caledonia responded to the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) invitation to participate in a round table on the status of women.

During the round table, held 31 May in the conference room at SPC headquarters, international and regional instruments for gender equality were presented and gender issues in New Caledonia were discussed.

Resource persons shared their experience on key issues that affect the whole of New Caledonian society but that have particular impacts on women. These issues include women’s participation in decision-making, sexual and reproductive health, differences in civil rights under common law and customary law, domestic violence, and the adverse effects of the high cost of living.

The meeting’s objective was to share experiences and reflect on the work that still needs to be done to ensure gender equality, which is enshrined in law, becomes reality. The meeting outcomes will be presented at the Triennial Conference of Pacific Women, which will be held from 20 to 25 October in Cook Islands.

Participants were unanimous in expressing their appreciation for a space for reflection, discussion and agreement on issues related to gender equality and requested that similar events be held at least annually.

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