The Micronesian Women’s Conference in the Marshall islands, concluded last week with delegates from the RMI, Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, and the US territories of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and Guam met to tackle e empowerment of women in areas of economic empowerment, eliminating violence, health, climate change and leadership.
One of Palau’s representative Sen. Uduch Sengebau Senior talked about the country’s experience to promote gender equality and putting in place an important piece of legislation, which is the Family Protection Act 2012 which provides protection to families from all forms of abuses.
Senior also highlighted the achievement of Palauan women that majority of the university graduates are women and literacy rate for women are high in Palau.
However the senator also stated that women in Palau also have their set of challenges.
“One woman out of four has experienced physical or sexual violence by a partner in their lifetime,” she stated in her remarks during the conference.
She stated that domestic violence continue to be a challenge in Palau because of lack of institutional support.
Senior also noted that while women have strong roles in traditional decision-making, there is still under representation of women in political arena.
She also noted that there is a limited childcare provision in Palau nor standard regulation for day care facilities.
The conference held from Aug. 8 to 10 is supported by the RMI government in partnership with Women United Together Marshall Islands with funding support from the European Union, and the governments of Australia and the Republic of China (Taiwan). Other development partners providing support include the Pacific Community, the United Nations Development Program, United National Population Fund, Asian Development Bank, and the International Organization for Migration. [/restrict]