Published on 22nd February 2013
VSA is joining forces with UN Women to work on projects that will help reduce gender inequality in the Pacific.
VSA is currently advertising for volunteers for seven assignments with projects in the UN Women’s Pacific programme. They include two projects working with women’s market initiatives, one working to reduce violence against girls and women, and one that will help women and their families cope with the effects of climate change.
UN Women was set up in 2010 to help the United Nations achieve its goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women. UN Women’s Pacific programme has four main goals: to advance gender justice in the Pacific; to end violence against women and children; to help Pacific women enjoy their economic rights, and to help Pacific women and their families adapt to and prepare for the effects of climate change and natural hazards.
VSA chief executive officer Gill Greer says it is exciting to be able to provide volunteers with the opportunity to work on assignments that will make a real difference to the lives of women in the Pacific.
“The countries covered by UN Women’s Pacific programme are some of the poorest and most vulnerable in the international community,” she says. “Many women in the Pacific are extremely marginalised. They face high levels of domestic violence, they often have few legal and economic rights, and they have the world’s lowest level of participation of women in parliaments and local governments.
“As a long-time advocate for the rights of girls and women in developing countries I am delighted that VSA will be working to reduce gender inequality in the Pacific.”