Funafuti, Tuvalu (13 June, 2019): The second Tuvalu Country Plan 2019 – 2022 or Gender Policy, developed for the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Program launched on Wednesday night 12 June, at an event co-hosted by Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Enele Sosene Sopoaga, and the Australian High Commissioner H.E Karyn Murray, at the Government conference room.
Prime Minister Sopoaga jointly launched the Plan with the Australian Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr. Sharman Stone.
Prime Minister launched the first Tuvalu Country Plan for Gender three years ago and said that at that time he indicated the support of the government onto accommodating and addressing the gender issues especially the rights of women.
He said, “I said then that it’s a smart policy and that we appreciate the work of Australia and partners. So I am very happy on behalf of the Cabinet to be given this opportunities to launch this plan.”
Dr. Stone praised the efforts of the government of Tuvalu with regards to gender equality and said it was an honour for her to be launching this Plan that had been widely consulted with relevant stakeholders.
“There is no debate that Tuvalu has embraced gender equality,” said Ambassador Stone.
On the issue of women and the rights of women, Prime Minister said, “The general spirit is there. Perhaps it is necessary to consider properly these measures for women… And these things we all adhere to in spirit in Tuvalu but we need to operationalize them in a complete manner.” The second Tuvalu Country Plan, which is aligned with key government of Tuvalu policies, builds on the achievements of the first country plan. As with the first Tuvalu Country Plan, TCPII was developed through a comprehensive literature review and in-country consultation involving 43 stakeholders representing a wide range of government agencies, CSOs and beneficiary groups.