In the Pacific region, and across the globe, gender plays a crucial role in waste management. The increased participation of women in the planning and implementation of waste management projects, such as the European Union-funded PacWaste project, means better, and more meaningful, outcomes for all members of the community.
PacWaste is a €7.85 million project funded by the European Union and implemented by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to improve regional hazardous waste management across the Pacific.
Since its inception in 2013, the PacWaste project has sought to consider the attitudes and needs of women in the project design and implementation process.
On the occasion of International Women's Day 2017, here are some of our favourite images of the women of PacWaste who are working to make the Pacific safer and cleaner for all.
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. For more information visit: www.internationalwomensday.com
For more information about PacWaste, please visit www.sprep.org/pacwaste