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Partnering Women for Change (Pacific Region)

Gender Equality

95% of people across the Pacific identify as Christian and the church’s teachings have a massive influence on people’s behaviour. But ~68% of women and girls experience violence in their homes and communities. We support Pacific churches to address gender inequality and violence by re-examining their theology.

We support a network of Pacific theologians to create theological resources (Bible studies, workshop materials etc) and lead dialogue in gender theology; run workshops to engage men and women in examining beliefs and behaviour; and invest in education and livelihoods projects that empower women.


Use our resources on gender equality theology in your church or Bible study group! Download them here.

This project is part funded by the Australian Government through the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative.

Our Impact

Seven mainline denominations in PNG officially adopted gender equality as their doctrinal position, and have committed to teaching this theology as part of their ministerial training.

In Fiji, the ten denominations that make up the Fiji Council of Churches made a joint public statement condemning violence against women as sinful, publicised through a cinema advertising video.

The Methodist Church in Fiji adopted a code of conduct for its leaders rejecting violence against women and children, and took disciplinary action against those who did not comply.

They also changed their advice to women seeking help for domestic violence, suggesting they access the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, an organisation previously condemned by the church for supporting divorce.

In Vanuatu, the Presbyterian Church appointed a focal point for gender equality, and held training for leaders across all parts of the church, developing resources for propagating the teaching of gender equality through sermons and bible studies.


Fiji, Kiribati, Vanuatu, PNG


Methodist Church in Fiji & Rotuma, Kiribati Uniting Church, Presbyterian Church in Vanuatu, United Church in PNG

Program Unit

Relief & Development (Tax Deductable). Receives Australian Government support.


Gender Equality

News from the Field

  • Civil society and faith groups collaborate for gender equality April 18, 2018 UnitingWorld has facilitated a forum in Fiji to bring together civil society groups, faith-based agencies and educators from across the Pacific to discuss the role of biblical interpretation in progressing human rights and gender equality. The two-day forum, held over 9 and 10 April at the Pacific Theological College, was designed in response to requests by ...
  • SO MUCH MORE THAN MAKING TOAST December 15, 2017 In September 2016, UnitingWorld facilitated a workshop with the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu (PCV) on Gender Equality through Theology. The theological teaching was facilitated by Rev Dr Cliff Bird, a prominent Pacific theologian and UnitingWorld Regional Coordinator, as well as Cliff’s wife, Mrs Siera Bird. Both Cliff and Siera equally led the teaching, modelling the ...