About Us

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Background
WRAP or ‘Women’s Rights and Advocacy in the Pacific’ is an Aotearoa-based group made up of New Zealand organisations promoting the rights of women in the Pacific.  The group has a dual role: 
(1) to share information through the WRAP network about events, publications, trainings and new initiatives related to gender and/or women’s rights in the Pacific
(2) to coordinate and work together on campaigning and advocacy initiatives taking place in NZ related to women’s rights in the Pacific.
The wider information network currently has over 40 members and communicates  through a Google group.  A coordinating group made up of members from Amnesty International, Oxfam, Family Planning International, Council for International Development, UNICEF and UNIFEM meet regularly to plan and implement joint initiatives. The coordinating group provides feedback to the wider group.
Purpose and Objectives
In the Pacific region, large differentials between women’s and men’s access to resources, higher education and economic and political participation, as well as widespread violence against women, mean that whole societies and economies are severely handicapped in achieving economic and development goals.
WRAP works to advocate to governments, aid donors and the public to promote and ensure the following:
1. Gender analysis is supported and implemented as a central component of all stages of all activities that are undertaken to achieve the goal of prosperous, peaceful and equitable societies in the Pacific region.
2. Women’s rights issues are explicitly and systematically integrated into development plans, particularly with regard to government and donor expenditure, and this work is supported by donors.
3. Women participate equally with men in all levels of decision making related to planning, policy development, implementation and review of all development processes.
4. Regular mechanisms for reporting are developed and implemented, including a section on women’s rights in the Annual Progress Report of the Pacific Plan.
5. Ratification and full implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is prioritised for all governments.
Background

WRAP or ‘Women’s Rights and Advocacy in the Pacific’ is an Aotearoa NZ based group made up of New Zealand organisations (or affiliates of international organisations) which promote and work on the rights of women in the Pacific as all our part of their remit. When using the word 'women', WRAP intends to include women at all stages of life, including adolescent girls.

The group's roles include:

(1) to share information through the WRAP network about events, publications, trainings and new initiatives related to gender and/or women’s rights in the Pacific

(2) to coordinate and work together on campaign initiatives taking place in NZ to educate and inform the NZ public and others which are related to women's rights in the Pacific.

(3) to recognise Pacific based women's rights groups and organisations and to support and strengthen their best work that we can.

The wider information network currently has over 40 members and communicates  through a Google e-mail group. The coordinating group encourages new membership of this group from interested individuals and organisations. A coordinating group made up of members from Amnesty International Aotearoa New Zealand, Oxfam, Family Planning International, Council for International Development, UNICEF NZ and UNIFEM NZ meet regularly to plan and implement joint initiatives. The coordinating group provides feedback to the wider group.

Purpose and Objectives

In the Pacific region, large differentials between women’s and men’s access to resources, education and economic and political participation, as well as widespread violence against women, cause whole societies and economies are severely limited in achieving health, economic and development goals.

WRAP works to inform governments, aid donors and the public to promote and ensure the following:

1. Gender analysis is supported and implemented as a central component of all stages of all activities that are undertaken to achieve the goal of prosperous, peaceful and equitable societies in the Pacific region.

2. Women’s rights issues are explicitly and systematically integrated into development plans, particularly with regard to government and donor expenditure, and that  this work is supported by donors. It is anticipated that eventually WRAP may have the capacity to undertake an annual review of how this work is being undertaken by the aforementioned agencies.

3. Women participate equally with men in all levels of decision making related to planning, policy development, implementation and review of all development processes.

4. Regular mechanisms for reporting are developed and implemented, including a section on women’s rights in the Annual Progress Report of the Pacific Plan.

5. Ratification and full implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is prioritised for all governments.

Key Focus Areas

1) Mechanisms to promote the advancement of women including; women in power and decision making, women and aid effectiveness; women and the Pacific Plan, women and the UN.

2) Women's legal and human rights including; violence against women, human rights of women, CEDAW and legislative reform.

3) Women's access to services including; women's sexual and reproductive health, education and training of women, women and the media.

4) Economic empowerment of women including; women and trade, women and the global economic crisis, women and poverty, women's ownership of property, women and international trade negotiations.

5) Women and the environment including; women and climate change, women and natural disasters, women and food justice, women's access to natural resources (land, carbon, water).



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