The Women’s Development Division (WDD) was created in January 2011 as a new division within the Ministry of Internal and Social Affairs. In October 2013, it became a division under the new Ministry for Women, Youth and Social Affairs (MWYSA).
Its main aim is to facilitate and promote women’s development and gender equality in Kiribati through an efficient and adequately resourced team within the Division. The WDD’s vision is to improve the status and livelihoods of women and girls in Kiribati through equal access to resources, opportunities, rights, services and their full participation in social, economic and political development.
Division’S MAIN Responsibilities
The formal responsibilities of the Women’s Development Division are mandated and guided by various policies, National Action Plans and regional and international conventions signed by the Kiribati Government. This includes the Kiribati Development Plan, the draft National Gender Equality and Women’s Development (GEWD) Policy, the National Approach to Eliminating Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Kiribati (ESGBV) policy, the Pacific Leaders Declaration for Gender Equality, Beijing Platform for Action, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s), the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). One key legislation that WDD has been working on and will be implementing is the “Te Rau n te Mweenga”Act (Family Peace Act).
Development,implementation and monitoring Women and Gender Policies, Programmes and Laws
Seeking funds for Women/Gender programmes
Development and maintaining a data base for Women
Providing reports on Women/Gender
Hosting national events such as International Women’s Day, White Ribbon Day and 16 Days of Activism
Providing technical support to Women Organisations and stakeholders- Training,Seeking financial support,etc
Coordinating body for Eliminating Sexual and Gender Based Violence programmes in Kiribati
Raising awareness on Women and Gender issues through workshops, IEC material, radio, community visits and consultations, road shows…
The Women’s Development Division (WDD) currently has eight staff. Three are permanent Government officers and the rest are project funded officers;
WDD Permanent staff
Ms Anne Kautu - Senior Women’s Development Officer
Ms Bairee Beniamina - Women’s Economic Empowerment Officer
Ms Tekimwau Kanoua - Outer Island Liason Officer
WDD Project staff
Ms Froline Tokaa - National Coordinator, Eliminating Sexual and Gender Based Violence (ESGBV) Project
Mr Maerere Eria - Deputy Coordinator, ESGBV Project
Ms Teamita Baikuke - Finance, Administration and Communications Officer (ESGBV) Project
Mr Karawa Areieta - Media and Public Relation Officer, ESGBV Project
Mr Barry Nawere - Safenet IT and Data Analyst