Breaking the Silence on Gender and Corruption in the Pacific

Breaking the Silence on Gender and Corruption in the Pacific

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Breaking the Silence on Gender and Corruption in the Pacific

March 8, 2022

Pacific Island Countries (PICs) are dedicated to meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and have taken action on addressing SDG 5 on Gender Equality, and SDG 16 on Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions. All PICs are also party to the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) and have made progress on implementing these commitments.

With recognition of the ongoing efforts, pervasive gender inequality still remains a barrier to progress, justice, and social stability across PICs. Additionally, addressing corruption, which is part of SDG 16, continues to be a challenge. These challenges were further exacerbated under the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Information Note explains the gender inequality and corruption nexus and discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. It provides recommendations to suggest that addressing corruption and combatting gender inequality requires a holistic, multi-disciplinary and coordinated approach.