i. Pacific Leaders Gender Equality Declaration Trend Assessment Report 2012–2016, p.79.
ii. Ibid, p.10.
iii. Ibid, p.9.
iv. General Assembly of the United Nations General Debate of the 71st Session (2016). Address in full: http://countryoffice.unfpa.org/pacific/2013/07/31/7502/violence_against_women_vaw_in_the_pacific/.
v. Excerpted from speech. Access here: http://www.forumsec.org/pages.cfm/newsroom/speeches/2016-1/adb-annual-distinguished-gender-month-speaker-secretary-general-meg-taylor-dbe.html
vi. As quoted by Cook Islands News (2016). Accessed here: http://www.cookislandsnews.com/national/local/item/57731-women-parliamentarians-meet-in-samoa/57731-women-parliamentarians-meet-in-samoa
vii. Wang (2014) and Vanuatu National Statistics 2012 as cited in Vijaya Nagarajan, Women and Business: Policy options for the economic empowerment of women, p.6 (2016).
viii. Vijaya Nagarajan, Women and Business: Policy options for the economic empowerment of women, p.7 (2016).
ix. As quoted by PACNEWS (2015). Access here: http://www.pina.com.fj/?
x. Excerpted from a presentation given by Mr Lewai during an International Women’s Day event, Canberra (2016).
xi. World Health Organisation. Access here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs239/en/ Figure as at September 2016.
xii. Kiribati Family Health and Support Study (2010), p.2. Access here: http://www.spc.int/hdp/index.php option=com_docman&task=cat_view&gid=89&dir=ASC&order=name&Itemid=44&limit=5&limitstart=0
xiii.Solomon Islands Family Health and Safety Study (2009), p.3. Access here: http://www.pacificwomen.org/resources/solomon-islands-family-health-and-safety-study/
xiv. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre National Research: Somebody’s Life, Everybody’s Business (2013), p.2. Access here: http://www.pacificwomen.org/wp-content/uploads/FWCC-National-Research-on-Womens-Health-Fiji.pdf
xv. Republic of the Marshall Islands National Study on Family Health and Safety (2014), p.16. Access here: http://evaw-global-database.unwomen.org/~/media/files/un%20women/vaw/vaw%20survey/marshall%20islands%20vaw%20survey.pdf
xvi. Tonga National Study on Domestic Violence against Women in Tonga (2009), p.xxiv. Access here: http://www.pacificwomen.org/resources/national-study-on-domestic-violence-on-women-in-tonga/ Despite relatively lower rates of intimate partner violence, 79% of Tongan women and girls have experienced physical or sexual violence in their lifetime. The study showed 68% of Tongan women and girls are affected by physical violence, perpetrated mainly by fathers or teachers.
xvii. As quoted by UN Women Pacific (2016). Access here: https://twitter.com/unwomenpacific/status/779229207478042625
xviii. Hon Ranin Akua’s interview with the Pacific Women Support Unit in Samoa (2016).
xix. Tropical cyclone Winston Post Disaster Needs Assessment, Government of Fiji (2016).
xx. Dr Tess Newton Cain (2016) as cited in the Pacific Leadership Program Discussion Paper, Analysis of Women Councillors’ Experiences in WISDM Activities in Vanuatu, p.4. Access here: http://www.plp.org.fj/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/PLP_WISDM_Discussion-Paper-June-2016.pdf