Pacific Publication Reveals Advances in Gender Equality

28 October 2013 -- The publication, launched by Imrana Jalal, Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender) at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) provides an update on how the law affects women in the Pacific today.

ADB's Imrana Jalal at the launch of the Supplement to Law for Pacific Women: A legal rights handbook in Rarotonga, Cook Islands on 23 October 2013.

It updates Jalal’s 1998 landmark research, published as Law for Pacific Women; a legal rights handbook, which provided the region’s first picture of how legislation and legal practices in the Pacific affect women and gender equality. Jalal said during the launch that the original research undertaken for Law for Pacific Women was a ‘labour of love’ lasting eight years and was developed with the aim of making the law accessible to non-lawyers, such as women’s rights activists, government stakeholders and civil society groups.

She remarked further that, "the gains made in gender equality in the legal sector over the last decade have been considerable. This publication is evidence of that. But we must not rest on our laurels, pat ourselves on the back or consider that the goals have been achieved. Legislative frameworks are only the first step and the quest for full gender equality must be reinvigorated and pursued through the resourcing and implementation of gender equality laws in order to achieve true substantive equality".

Read the full media release on the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) website.