By Michelle Higelin and Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
How can we ensure humanitarian action reaches everyone?
Pacific women are hardworking, creative and resilient. They make valuable contributions to their countries and economies in times of peace and stability, and there is a growing recognition of their vital role as first responders in humanitarian emergencies. However, women and girls face significant challenges. Gender inequality remains a development challenge for many countries in the world – including those in the Pacific. Up to 60% of women and girls have experienced violence at the hands of partners or family members. The percentage of women in Pacific parliaments currently sits at around 5%, men outnumber women in paid employment (outside the agricultural sector) by approximately two to one, and men typically earn 20 – 50% more than women because they work in jobs attracting higher salaries.