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Pacific Women Lead, ATM ID: DFAT-324

This note is provided to market for planning purposes only and it does not represent solicitation or constitute a request for proposal, nor is it a commitment to purchase or tender for any described services. The scale, scope and focus of any proposed program may change at any time and is subject to formal approval before any procurement process will commence.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is co-designing a new regional gender equality framework, Pacific Women Lead (PWL). PWL seeks to build on the strength of the current Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program, with a renewed emphasis on incorporating Pacific voices into governance and management structures. PWL will also explore new ways of working with regional organisations to further gender equality.

PWL will align with and complement DFAT’s regional strategy for responding to the impact of COVID-19, Partnerships for Recovery, which recognises that women and children are disproportionately affected by the pandemic. Accordingly, the design process is focusing on:

  • Women’s health (including sexual and reproductive health)
  • Women’s safety (including domestic violence prevention)
  • Women’s economic security

The design team will examine how PWL can best partner with regional organisations in delivering Pacific-wide collective goods that respond to the gendered effects of the pandemic. In doing so, it is intended that PWL would demonstrate Australia’s commitment to the Pacific’s regional architecture and foster common policy approaches.

As of mid-January 2021, the PWL design team are in the process of drafting an overview of the program’s direction, goal, objectives, outcomes and operating model. This high-level framework is intended to be flexible and adaptable. It will not specify activities and outputs.

The design and consultation process will inform grant and procurement requirements.

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