Gender statistics are an important tool to raise public awareness of the living conditions of women and men. 

There has been a long standing focus on achieving equality between women and men in the Pacific, with legal and policy commitments expressed in a range of national, regional and international instruments such as:

  • National constitutions and legislation
  • Pacific Plan (2005, revised 2007)
  • Pacific Platform for Action on Advancement of Women and Gender Equality (1994, revised 2004)
  • UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (adopted in 1979)
  • Beijing Platform for Action (1995)
  • Sustainable Development Goals (2015)

In order to implement and monitor measures to achieve these commitments, Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs) need evidence of the current situation of women and men and how this is changing over time. This information is critical for law-making, policy-making, international human rights reporting, and national, regional and international advocacy. 

Below is a list of Violence against Women (VAW) surveys conducted or underway in the UNFPA Asia-Pacific region, as of July 2020:

Country (PACIFIC)WHO multi-country study (WHO) or adaptation of WHO methodology (aWHO)Demographic and Health Survey with Domestic Violence Module (DHS) and/or other methodologies
Cook Islands2012 (aWHO) 
Fiji2010 (aWHO) 
Kiribati2008 (aWHO)2018 (MICS-DHS)
Marshall Islands, Republic of2012 (aWHO)2007 (DHS)
Micronesia, Federated States of2014 (aWHO) 
Nauru2013 (aWHO) 
Palau2013 (aWHO) 
Papua New Guinea2012 (1 site, aWHO/P4P)2016 (DHS)
Samoa2000 (WHO)2019 (MICS-DHS)
Solomon Islands2008 (aWHO) 
Tonga2009 (aWHO)2019 (MICS-DHS)
Tuvalu     2007 (DHS)
Vanuatu2009 (aWHO) 


For additional information relating to gender please go to our Social Development Programme.

1 - No Poverty2 - Zero Hunger3 - Good Health and Well-Being4 - Quality Education5 - Gender Equality6 - Clean Water and Sanitation7 - Affordable and Clean Energy8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth9 - Industry Innovation and Infrastructure10 - Reduced Inequalities11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities12 - Responsible Consumption and Production13 - Climate Action14 - Life Below Water15 - Life Land16 - Peace Justice and Strong Institutions17 - Partnerships Goals

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News & Publications

Marshall Islands compendium of analysis of the 2019/20 HIES

July 17, 2022
The compendium presents information on poverty, food consumption, labour, and household income and expenditure.

Kiribati 2019-2020 HIES - analytical report

December 23, 2021
Kiribati undertook their third HIES between 2019 and 2020. The main objectives of the survey were to assess the socioeconomic situation of i-Kiribati people and households and to provide data for use in forming economic and social policy.

Mobile Vulnerability Analysis and Mapping of Food Systems: Supporting Access to Timely and Open Data in the Pacific

September 13, 2021
Timely access to reliable data on food security is vital for decision making in times of crisis, especially for the Pacific in the context of the current COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.

A new tool to help register every birth and death

May 10, 2021
A well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) system is the cornerstone of good, sustainable governance and is key to social and economic development; The CRVS Systems Improvement Framework report is now available.
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