Pacific Women, Pacific Plan: Is the Pacific Islands Forum Stepping up the Pace with a Gendered Approach to Regional Development?

Morriss, Cathryn A. (2008) Pacific Women, Pacific Plan: Is the Pacific Islands Forum Stepping up the Pace with a Gendered Approach to Regional Development?

Abstract

Gender is an embedded element of the 2005 regional plan for development in the Pacific (known as the Pacific Plan for Regional Cooperation and Integration) however, a study of the submissions prior to implementation, and subsequent responses to the final proposal of the Pacific Plan reveals that there was little practical commitment to women's involvement in the development process. Historical precursors to the Plan reveal that regional cooperation was an agenda initiated and driven by Australia in the post World War Two period. The later decolonisation of the Pacific saw a more Pacific-centred approach emerge, and since 1984 gender has been a growing factor for consideration at both national and regional levels. The women's 'movement' has had some problems to overcome in the Pacific with some discord between advocates of gender equity emerging as western feminist concepts were adopted by some women's groups and individuals. However influences such as the Triennial Pacific Women's conferences held since the 1970s, the international Beijing women's conference in 1995, and the importance of gender to the recent Millennium Development Goals have been unifying factors which have aided in highlighting and addressing the marginalisation of women in decision making in the Pacific. This paper will survey responses to the Pacific Plan proposal, and the impact of the first two years of implementation in regard to how the Plan is working to improve gender equity and awareness of gender issues in the region.

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ID Code: 15690
Item Type: Other
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Gender, Gender equality, Regionalism, Pacific Islands, Politics, Women
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Social Change Research
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Cathryn A. Morriss
Deposited On: 24 Nov 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2010 15:51

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