22 Oct 2013

Education for Pacific women improving but limited jobs

9:27 pm on 22 October 2013

Higher education for young women in the Pacific is not translating into more and better jobs.

That's according to the latest tracking report on Millennium Development Goals for the region.

A deputy Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Feleti Teo, says most Forum Island countries are on track to achieving gender parity, or equality of the sexes in education.

But he says stereotyping and traditional expectations are among barriers remaining for girls and young women, once they go out into the workforce.

"The regional organisations, like SPC and us, are working on how we can close that gap and put in place measures where job descriptions or refinement of jobs better fits the programme that girls study at high school."

Feleti Teo of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.