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

Kiribati Gender Statistics Abstract 2020

August 31, 2023
The Kiribati Gender Statistics Abstract 2020 release.

Palau 2023 Gender Fact Sheet

August 31, 2023
The Palau gender fact sheet provides a range of indicators based on the last 2020 Palau population census.

Digital Economy Report Pacific Edition 2022

June 14, 2023
Digital transformation is under way in the Pacific and presents both opportunities and challenges for the region.

National assessment of the Solomon Islands food system

June 7, 2023
This report highlights three main pathways for changing the food system based on consultations and analysis.
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