Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Support Unit

A group of Fijian women sitting in a room writing in notebooks

Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development is a 10-year investment by the Australian government to improve the political, economic and social opportunities of women in 14 Pacific Islands Forum countries. Pacific Women reflects DFAT’s commitment to supporting gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Pacific region.

Pacific Women aims 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.

Cardno manages the Pacific Women Support Unit, which provides technical, administrative and logistical support to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) bilateral and regional Pacific Women program activities. The Support Unit is based in Suva, Fiji, with a sub-office in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.

The Support Unit leads the Pacific Women program on its monitoring, evaluation and learning frameworks and implementation of its research strategy. It convenes knowledge sharing events and provides technical and gender advice to DFAT and other implementing partners. The Support Unit assists with direction-setting activities and facilitates linkages and dialogue across the program.

Since 2012 Pacific Women has helped more than:

  • 64,200 women and girls to access crisis support services
  • 43,800 people to access civic and voter education
  • 12,500 women to take on leadership roles at the community, provincial and national levels
  • 17,900 women to access financial literacy training and services
  • 4,800 women to access formal opportunities to share their ideas and learn from one another
  • 6,600 men to undertake advocacy training
  • 1,100 women to attain formal qualifications.

Under the Pacific Women program, Cardno also manages the Fiji Women’s Fund (The Fund), which is empowering rural and marginalised Fijian women with skills knowledge and resources that can provide them, their families and their communities with better lives and futures.

For more information about Pacific Women, visit the website.