Micronesian Women’s Conference
Date: August 8 – 10, 2017
Location: Majuro, Republic of the Marshall Islands
Host Country: Republic of the Marshall Islands
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From 8-10 August 2017 Ministers and officials from Kiribati, Nauru, FSM, Guam, CNMI, Palau and RMI will collectively identify opportunities and challenges to develop strategic recommendations to increase progress towards gender equality and the empowerment of women in the thematic areas of economic empowerment, eliminating violence, health, climate change and leadership.
The conference will issue a communique on 10 August.
MWC Concept Note
Women face unique challenges in the Pacific Islands, whether in the decision making process in the home and family or in their quest to participate in leadership roles, employment, or entrepreneurial efforts. In March 2012, the Micronesian Chief Executives passed MCES Resolution 17-04, formally recognizing that ‘political, social and economic equity, gender equality and environmental justice are the cornerstones for achieving a sustainable future, and that women are fundamentally linked to achieving success in this endeavor’. In August of that year, the Pacific Islands Forum Leaders adopted the Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration to “lift the status of women in the Pacific and empower them to be active participants in economic, political and social life” (Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat). In that same month and year, an initial conference for women was held in Koror, Palau to focus attention on the role of Micronesian women in the development of all aspects of the islands.
The conference will discuss challenges, learn from shared experiences and make resolutions for strategic interventions to promote gender equality under the conference thematic areas of Ending Violence Against Women and Girls, Realizing Women’s Economic Empowerment, Empowerment of Women in Politics and Decision-Making, Addressing Effects of Climate Change on Women, and Improving Women’s Access to Health Services.
Want to attend the Micronesian Women’s Conference? Invitations have been sent to Micronesian countries and focal points are finalizing the composition of country delegations. If you would like to attend the conference as an observer conference, a fee of $US 100 (cash) is required at the time registration is confirmed on the first day of the conference (sponsored participants and staff representing sponsor agencies are exempt of this charge).
Guidelines for country/territory statements
During the first working session of the Conference, delegations will each present a five-minute overview of how they have navigated change to achieve improvements for women within the conference thematic areas.
Information Note for Participants
The Conference Committee has developed an information package for participants about Majuro and the Marshall Islands, including things to do and visits of interest, internet and mobile phone network access, immigration requirements, airline reconfirmation requirements, important telephone numbers, banking and foreign exchange services, weather, health and so on; as well as information about the conference including airport transfers, times for pre-registration etc.