||Management response: Partially agreed. UN Women leads the coordination and promotion of accountability of the UN system on gender equality and empowerment of women with the focus to support gender equality and gender mainstreaming in the Pacific UNDAF and the Pacific Humantarian team. The MCO, based on women?s needs at country level in the Pacific, will focus on the four programme areas of Women?s Economic Empowerment (WEE); Access to Justice in the Pacific (AGJP); EVAW and Gender, Climate Change and DRM, noting that coordination and knowledge leadership and information dissemination are cross cutting within the 4 programme areas.
? WEE Programme: The balance of empowerment and the results of empowerment (increase income) are challenging and communication on this issue to funders must be clear. Refining indicators in the on-going ME framework is important and also conduct baseline data collection before the programme implementation. Collection of baseline data which will provide evidence to strengthen documents is already in process.
? Advance Gender Justice in the Pacific Programme: The MCO would lead the CEDAW reporting process. During the period of the EA, the AGJP has progressed with the implementation of the transition phase which included the expansion of CEDAW work from reporting to adopting a harmonised approach on human rights treaty reporting. Focus has also been on CEDAW implementation, gender justice and women?s political participation. There are different entry points for GRB, there are different tools, and it?s important to keep emphasising on the universe of options available to any country before it starts doing GRB so that it can pick the strategy, tool and entry point which is most relevant for the concerned country.
Option 1: Meet the Min of Finance, do an MOU with them, engender the call circular/budget circular, produce a Gender Budget
Statement and so on. Advantages are that partnership with MoF will put UN Women and the GRB work under limelight, which is good,
given that gender agenda remains one of the most underfunded agenda globally.
Option 2: The other option, which is also a good option is to begin by taking select sectors and do a more ?applied? GRB in these
sectors to show the value added. The MCO could do a ground breaking study on green budgeting (applying GRB to environment
sector); we could do costing of VAW or laws on VAW (applying GRB to VAW sector) or to any other sector. The MCO should organize a
workshop with all key stakeholders on GRB in 2014 in order to collectively arrive at a concrete strategy/roadmap on GRB for the Office.
? EVAW Programme: The MCO would ensure that all countries under its auspices have credible and reliable baseline statistics on violence against women. The MCO would make sure that data on Family Safety Surveys which have been conducted are analyzed using rigorous standards in each of its countries. Prevalence study of violence against women in a country can be done again after 20 years. In essence UN Women attempts to assist governments to adopt and implement policies and legislation on EVAW through data analysis. Under the Pacific Regional EVAW Facility Fund project the focus to support governments and CSO partners provide better services to survivors and also to provide evidence based prevention work.
? Gender, Climate Change and DRM Programme: Disseminate and consult on Gender, Climate Change, and Disaster Risk Management Strategic Framework within UN Women (the MCO, the RO and the HQ) and with other UN agencies and key partners. Climate Change is one of the most urgent issues affecting PICTs. Pacific women are particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change and disasters for a range of reasons, including unequal access to resources and power, restricted rights and ability to move freely and without fear, and limited ability to influence the ways their communities are managed. The Increasing Community Resilience through the Empowerment of Women to Address Climate Change and Natural Hazards (IREACH) programme will support Pacific Island government and agencies to include appropriate gender considerations in climate change and DRM policies, plans and programmes. Develop country specific Programmes for selected countries together with the resource mobilization strategy.