Gender Equality in the Pacific Islands

On April 7, 2015, in Commentary Contributors, by The Commentary Editor

Rear Admiral Cari Thomas Commander of the 14th Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard

Commentary Contributer: Rear Admiral Cari Thomas

So what is gender equality you ask? It is so many things. It is having equal opportunities for men and women; it is respecting the other regardless of gender; it is the ability to go to work in a safe and enabling environment with no fear of harassment or discrimination, where both men and women can reach their full potential. Gender equality is equal opportunities for promotion, for personal and professional advancement, and the freedom to pursue such opportunities. It also means working hard to achieve all the above. But from whence does gender equality begin and or end? How often does this question get asked? And in our quest to serve, seek, justify or demand equality

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Dr. Henry Welch of UPNG/Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor University provides a tour of the Pediatric TB ward at Port Moresby General Hospital in PNG   to Dr. Carlos Williams,  U.S. Health Affairs Attaché to the Pacific Islands

Dr. Henry Welch  provides a tour of the Pediatric TB ward at Port Moresby General Hospital to Dr. Carlos Williams, U.S. Health Affairs Attaché to the Pacific Islands

Commentary Contributor: Dr Henry Welch

On 24 March 2015 we observed World TB Day with this year’s theme being “Reach, Treat, Cure Everyone”.  Amazingly, we still live in a time where there are an estimated 9 million new TB cases annually, and nearly 3 million cases potentially go undiagnosed, untreated or unreported.  Like many developing nations, Tuberculosis (TB) continues to plague Papua New Guinea (PNG), impacting the lives of children, adolescents, young adults, and the elderly.

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GIZO, Solomon Islands (August 5, 2013) U.S. Ambassador Walter North with students at Gizo Primary School during Pacific Partnership 2013

GIZO, Solomon Islands (August 5, 2013) U.S. Ambassador Walter North with students at Gizo Primary School during Pacific Partnership 2013

A road map to sustainability is a unique and complex concept, yet I believe it is achievable. When we think of sustainability as a capacity to endure, we must first understand the factors that have allowed our South Pacific partner nations’ cultures to be resilient and the challenges that stand in the way of them establishing a healthy and productive economy, a fair and equitable

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