On Sunday, 8 March 2015, Minister Nandi Glassie will officially launch a publication on the statistical profile of women in the Cook Islands in commemoration of International Women’s Day and the closing ceremony of the conference and Biennial Meeting of the Cook Islands National Council of Women.
The publication, largely based on data collected in the 2011 Census, covers ten thematic areas such as women in households and families, women in work and employment, and women in public life and decision-making.
It shows that the gender gap is narrowing, with successes in health, education and employment. Each chapter shows differences in the status of girls and boys, and women and men, so that the findings are easy to interpret, with the use of graphical presentation and non-technical language.
“As we celebrate 50 years of nationhood,” noted Minister Glassie, “the Cook Islands Gender Profile highlights changes that Cook Islanders have experienced since the start of the millennium through an analysis of statistics.”
“In some areas the pace of change has slowed and in others work has stalled.”
The Gender Profile, however, provides an evidence-base in which the government can use to target its efforts to better meet the specific needs of Cook Islands women and men working alongside development partners and NGOs.
The Cook Islands Gender profile is a joint effort between the Gender and Development Division of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Cook Islands Statistics Office based on the 2011 Census and input from stakeholders, both Government and NGOs, with funding and technical assistance provided by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
Online copies of the publication will be made available by on the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Finance and Economics Management website early next week.
Bredina Drollet, Secretary
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