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)  
Fiji 2010 (aWHO)  
Kiribati 2008 (aWHO) 2018 (MICS-DHS)
Marshall Islands, Republic of 2012 (aWHO) 2007 (DHS)
Micronesia, Federated States of 2014 (aWHO)  
Nauru 2013 (aWHO)  
Palau 2013 (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)
Tuvalu       2007 (DHS)
Vanuatu 2009 (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

News & Publications

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.

Tonga boosts nationwide data on women and children with the release of first MICS results

October 21, 2020
20 October 2020 — As the small Pacific Island nation celebrated World Statistics Day, the Government of Tonga released results of the Tonga Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS) 2019, the country’s first-ever MICS.

Gender Equality - Republic of the Marshall Islands 2018 Booklet

May 22, 2018
The Marshall Islands has evaluated its progress towards gender equality and the empowerment of women using gender statistics in this publication produced with support from SPC’s Social Development Programme.