No society can truly develop if its women lag behind.

Samoa’s development, including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, depends on women’s participation and gender equality.

In partnership with the government, UNDP is committed to change the situation and is working to enable a transformed leadership that is based on the values of human rights and gender equality in Samoa through the Transformational
Leadership Development Programme and Community Conversations.

The Government of Samoa and the UN system recognize that one of the key challenges that the country continues to face today is gender inequality and discrimination against women.  

The Transformational Leadership Development Programme is cutting-edge, new generation thinking that has been proven to generate transformative changes in societies worldwide.

The programme draws its tools and techniques from organisational behaviour, sociology, psychology, development practices and other disciplines.  The programme framework focuses on three key aspects to bring about change:

  • The ability to envision a different future
  • The commitment to create this future
  • The capacity to deliver on this commitment

The UNDP Transformational Leadership Development Programme enables people to solve immediate, visible problems and generate measurable results; it enables them to change invisible systems that perpetuate the problems - thereby making the results sustainable.

Most importantly, all action is sourced from universal values and peoples’ inner capacities and wisdom.

UNDP is inviting people with a commitment and passion to create a future based on   gender equality to participate in this programme.

People representing government, civil society institutions, private sector, NGOs, CBOs, media, professional groups, youth groups, faith-based leaders, academic institutions, community leaders, the police and judiciary etc. are welcome to participate in this Learning in Action programme which will be rolled out later this year.

A second complementary process, called Community Conversations, is also being introduced by UNDP to cover every village in Samoa.

The main objective of Community Conversations is to create interactive spaces within communities to promote gender equity and to generate a gender sensitive response that integrates individual and collective concerns, values and beliefs; and to address individual and collective attitudes and behaviors embedded in social systems and structures.  

The process of the Transformational Leadership Development Programme and the Community Conversations in Samoa is expected to generate path-breaking responses from individuals and communities.

It is expected that people will introspect about the prevailing values and practices, transform systems that perpetuate inequities and gender discrimination and violence, base their thinking and actions on the values of equality, non-discrimination, and inclusion and work towards creating a society that embodies and manifests gender equality and social justice.  

“The UN/UNDP is committed to working with the people of Samoa to taking a transformational journey towards a future that enshrines gender equality and upholds universal values of love, trust and respect, which Samoa’s constitution is built on, in real and meaningful ways,” says the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mrs Nileema Noble.

“As today (Friday last week) is International Women’s Day, I wish all women in Samoa a blessed and happy day!’

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