Economic Empowerment of Women
We work to remove the barriers that limit women’s participation in Pacific economies.
Economies grow faster with women’s full participation. However, discriminatory laws, social norms, and customary practices, as well as low control over assets, low levels of support and a lack of awareness about how to start a business are limiting the ability of Pacific women to engage in business activities to the same extent as men.
Economic Empowerment of Women at a glance
Women and Business
More women on SOE boards
Leadership potential realized
In Samoa, more than 30 representatives of Samoan government ministries, state-owned enterprises, private-sector companies, and nongovernment organizations convened on July 7 2022 to launch Leadership Matters, and discuss ways to support women in business leadership. Watch the video.
PSDI, in partnership with the Vanuatu Department of Women’s Affairs (DWA) through the Ministry of Justice and Community Services, on 31 August 2022 hosted almost 40 government, business, and civil society figures at a roundtable event in Port Vila to discuss Leadership Matters. Watch the video.
More than 30 people convened on 8 April 2022 in Majuro to discuss Leadership Matters, and the ways in which barriers to women’s full economic participation endure in the Marshall Islands and across the Pacific. Watch the video.
PSDI on 19 July 2022 hosted almost 30 representatives of Cook Islands government ministries, state-owned enterprises, private-sector companies, and nongovernment organizations for the launch of Leadership Matters: Benchmarking Women in Business Leadership in the Pacific. Watch the video