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 Islands||2012 (aWHO)|
|Kiribati||2008 (aWHO)||2018 (MICS-DHS)|
|Marshall Islands, Republic of||2012 (aWHO)||2007 (DHS)|
|Micronesia, Federated States of||2014 (aWHO)|
|Papua New Guinea||2012 (1 site, aWHO/P4P)||2016 (DHS)|
|Samoa||2000 (WHO)||2019 (MICS-DHS)|
|Solomon Islands||2008 (aWHO)|
|Tonga||2009 (aWHO)||2019 (MICS-DHS)|
For additional information relating to gender please go to our Social Development Programme.