Women’s leadership in the Pacific: humanitarian response

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.

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5 websites to find a job in international development

By Malaika Neri

During a summer internship at a microfinance in Madagascar, I realised that international development work was what I wanted to do. I loved the idea of being able to work in a number of different locations for people who often can’t help themselves. But once I got home, I felt paralysed; I wasn’t sure where to begin. The whole world of working in international development was fairly new to me, and I didn’t know where to start looking for jobs in the field.

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