Advancing Women, Peace and Security in the Pacific

Tuesday, May 18
6:00PM-7:15PM EDT
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Women in the Pacific Islands region have been playing a leading role at both the policy and grassroots levels in peacebuilding, the economy, and climate action. However, progress has been uneven. The 2019 Women, Peace and Security Index highlighted that the Pacific Islands region, including Fiji, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands, has among the highest rates of violence against women in the world, among other constraints. Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea currently have no women representatives in their national parliaments.

Leading experts and practitioners joined together for a discussion of the challenges facing women’s inclusion, justice, and security in the Pacific Islands; strategies for overcoming persistent barriers; and entry points across policy and practice to advance progress for women and girls.


Ambassador Julie-Ann Guivarra
Ambassador for Gender Equality, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Australia

Panel Discussion:

Dr. Jeni Klugman
Managing Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Dr. Fiona Hukula
Gender Specialist for the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and Former Senior Research Fellow, Papua New Guinea National Research Institute (PNGNRI)

Dr. Jacqui True
Professor of International Relations and Director, Monash University’s Centre for Gender, Peace and Security

Ms. Sharon Bhagwan-Rolls
Fijian Women’s Rights Advocate and Chairperson and Gender Liaison, Board of Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict

Moderated By:

Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Co-hosted by The Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
and The Embassy of Australia