Gender Equality and Economic Empowerment in the Solomon Islands and Fiji: a Place-based Approach

K. McKinnon, M. Carnegie, K. Gibson and C. Rowland

The economic empowerment of women is emerging as a core focus of both economic
development and gender equality programs internationally. At the same time there is
increasing importance placed on measuring outcomes and quantifying progress towards
gender and development goals. These trends raise significant questions around how well
gender differences are understood, especially in economies dominated by the informal sector
and characterised by a highly gendered division of labour, as is the case in many Pacific