SAMOA: Pacific women, youth to benefit from partnerships – UN

UN News Centre 0 Friday, 5 September 2014  (originally published 03 Sept)

Wood carving of a woman and a bird
Launch of the International Year of Small Island Developing States. Image: UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

3 September 2014 – Women and youth must be seen as partners in development and involved, not just included, in decision-making, according to discussions at the United Nations conference on small island developing states which wraps up Thursday in Samoa.

“Girls are getting education and employment opportunities in the Pacific, but they also face harassment within school and work environments, as well as other social issues like domestic violence,” Tahere Si’isi’ialafia’s Baha’I, 24, told UN Women in the capital Apia.

There are 91,000 Samoan women. According to official figures, the population of around 180,000 also includes 49,500 young people between the ages of 15 and 24 . , ,

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