To mark the 16 days of activism towards the elimination of violence against women, SPC and PIFS got together to highlight 16 stories of progress, activism and success towards gender equality. Feel free to share!
Explaining gender in English can be difficult, but explaining it in vernacular in #Niue has also proven challenging.
In an effort to identify new approaches for explaining what is meant by the term ‘gender”, Mrs. Diamond Tauevihi has approached the National Language Commissioner for assistance, as she says that “#Gender in English is just one word but when explaining it in Vagahau Niue it becomes a very long sentence.”
Mrs. Tauevihi has been advocating for gender equality for many years in Niue. In their National Gender Policy the Government has attempted to give gender a localised definition.
Recently the Government of Niue has allocated funding towards the implementation of the Niue National Policy on Gender Equality. “This is encouraging because it recognizes how important gender equality is for Niue”.
Mrs. Tauevihi feels that it is important that gender is defined in vernacular, given that #Pacific leaders have now adopted the #SDGs. Goal 5 is focused on achieving gender equality and greater empowerment for women.
“Ultimately, it’s not about men or women identifying with specific roles and responsibilities, it’s about a shared contribution to the community. Going to the bush could be my role and washing the dishes could be that of my husband”, says Mrs. Tauevihi.
To mark the #16DaysofActivism against Gender Based Violence the Pacific Island Forum Secretariat is sharing stories from across the Pacific of successful programs that are addressing gender related issues and highlighting the regional policies that guide them. Show your support and share with the world.
Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration (http://bit.ly/1Yqu7hd) has a specific priority on gender responsive government policies and programs related commitments include the Ministerial Communiques and Pacific Women’s Triennial Outcomes (http://bit.ly/21dbxvr)
The 2015 Pacific Regional MDGS Tracking Report Progress noted Niue’s progress in this area http://bit.ly/1I7mMPx