Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) Support Unit

Location: Papua New Guinea; Vanuatu; Solomon Islands; Nauru; Tuvalu; Fiji; Samoa; Tonga; Cook Islands; Kiribati; Niue; Micronesia, Federated States of; Australasia

​Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) is a 10-year Australian Aid program worth a total AU$320 Million.

The overall Pacific Women program goal is for ‘women in the Pacific (regardless of income, location, disability, age or ethnic group) to participate fully, freely and safely in political, economic and social life.’

In support of this goal, Pacific Women’s four key outcome areas are:

  • women, and women’s interests being increasingly and effectively represented and visible through leadership at all levels of decision-making; 
  • women having expanded economic opportunities to earn income and accumulate economic assets;
  • violence against women is reduced and survivors of violence have access to support services and to justice; and
  • women in the Pacific have a stronger sense of their own agency, supported by a  changing legal and social environment and through increased access to the services they need.

Cardno manages the Pacific Women Support Unit, worth AU$40 million over three years. The Support Unit’s role is to provide technical, administrative and logistical support to the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) bilateral and regional Pacific Women programs. The primary Support Unit is located in Suva, Fiji with a Papua New Guinea Support Unit based in Port Moresby.

For more information, please visit Pacific Women Website.


Cardno empowers women in the Pacific:

In the first four years, Cardno has supported Pacific Women to achieve the following:

  • 22,217 women have accessed crisis support services (including counselling, health and justice services);
  • 3,495 women have access to financial information and services (including financial literacy training and financial services);
  • 2,548 women have had formal opportunities to share their ideas and learn from each other (including learning forum, as well as research and program learning events organised by Pacific Women);
  • 692 men have actively engaged in promoting gender equality; and
  • 9,385 women were supported to take on leadership roles at the community, provincial and national-level, including women participating in market decision making structures.

For more information, please visit Pacific Women website or read more case studies on its latest Annual Progress Report.  

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Photos by: Pacific Women / DFAT.