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Economic Opportunities for Women in the Paci\ue000c is the result of collaboration between the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank
The report has been produced \ue001or current and \ue001uture business women o\ue001 the Paci\ue000c, to share lessons
about how they started their business, the obstacles and opportunities encountered in going \ue001or
growth, and the exciting next steps planned \ue001or these business women. A wide variety o\ue001 business
women tell their story in this report, \ue001rom market women selling shell jewelry in Honiara\u2019s marketplace,
through to Gaetene Austin, owner o\ue001 the internationally recognized \u2018Pure Fiji\u2019 cosmetics line.
and case study dra\ue001ting was conducted by Tamara Haig (AusAID consultant), Sonali Hedditch, Sara King (IFC), Keirsten Pedersen (IFC Consultant) on the Samoa case studies, and Hamish Wyatt (World Bank intern) on the Solomon Islands case studies.
The team received valuable guidance \ue001rom Amanda Ellis, Gender Action Plan, World Bank Group, who has led case study publications in other regions. Some o\ue001 the case studies \ue001eatured in this publication were also used in the World Bank publication \u2018Economic Opportunities \ue001or Women in East Asia Paci\ue000c\u2019.
Special thanks to all the women entrepreneurs who so \ue001reely gave o\ue001 their time to share their stories,
their successes and their \ue001rustrations, and their commitment to creating more opportunity and equality
\ue001or other women entrepreneurs.
o\ue001 six Gender and Investment Climate Re\ue001orm Assessments, which review the investment climates o\ue001 six Paci\ue000c nations: Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tonga and Vanuatu \u2013 in each case with a gender lens. Each assessment analyzes gender-based investment climate barriers which constrain women\u2019s economic empowerment, and identi\ue000es solutions to address them.
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