Secretary for Internal Affairs Anne Herman. 23082903
Ministry for Internal Affairs secretary Anne Herman says there are still challenges in the Pacific region for women.
Herman will be part of the second Pacific Islands Forum Women Leaders Meeting, together with the Minister for Internal Affairs Rose Toki-Brown, who will chair the meeting from August 31 to September 1.
On the Pacific
Islands Forum social media platform, Herman said: “For me there are still
challenges in our Pacific region for women. So I am a gender advocate and I am
really hoping that we can see a Pacific that’s made more equal in many ways,
not just in politics but in every way.”
opportunities for girls and boys are equal and “if I am thinking about what
type of Pacific I want, for my family, my children, my people it’s really one
where everybody is feeling fulfilled- knows how to access the things that give
“And also have the
tools that are required to face the adversities and challenges of those days.”
The Pacific Islands
Forum Women Leaders meeting will be held at the PIF Secretariat in Suva, Fiji.
According to the
Pacific Islands Forum, the role of the Pacific Islands Forum Women Leaders
Meeting is to discuss, take direct action on and advise and support leaders on
integrating gender equality and social inclusion perspectives into challenges
facing the Pacific, including climate change.
They are to also give
recommendations to forum leaders on how to strengthen outcomes for women and
girls across Forum priorities, advice on gender equality and social inclusion
issues that affect forum priorities or impede regional approaches.
representatives from Forum member countries, representatives of associated PIF
members and the Council of Regional Organisations in the Pacific (CROP) will
also attend the meeting.