Gender and Economy in Melanesian Communities

The economies of Pacific Island nations are changing and these changes are having significant impacts on the nature of rural and urban life. Increasing numbers of people are on the move to the cities and towns of their home countries and beyond. Across the region, new agreements to allow free trade and promote economic growth are under discussion. These new agreements are expected to produce significant economic and social changes for Pacific communities in the future.

Economic change has the potential to affect men and women differently, both positively and negatively. Understanding how economic change is affecting gender relations makes it possible to act in ways that minimise negative impacts and promote the kind of economic development that benefits both women and men.

The toolkit is a collection of materials for tracking the impacts of economic change for women and men in Melanesian communities, which includes updated versions of the following:

Gendered Impact manual

This includes tools to track gender equality and economic indicators at a community level.



River of Change poster

This shows key tributaries of change needed to improve gender relations in Melanesian communities.



Floating Coconut poster

This provides an understanding of the roles of women and men in economies in Melanesia.




These are three participatory monitoring tools to test the strength and flow of the ‘river of change’.



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Watch: Experiences using the ‘Floating Coconut’ tool in WASH projects in Melanesia