Radio Polynesia has been selected from Samoa as one of the participants from the region to a media masterclass aligned to the Pacific Islands Forum Women Leaders meeting.

Funded by PACMAS the facilitators are PACMAS team and your facilitators, Philippa McDonald and Susan Grey.

The aim of the masterclasses series is to build on journalists' understanding of the role women leaders play in driving resilient economies and communities and the barriers women and girls face in shaping development in their own countries.

The issues will help prepare journalists to report effectively on the gender issues shaping national and Pacific development, and the upcoming 2022 Pacific Forum Women Leaders meeting, which forms part of the 2022 Forum Leaders sessions.

This program affords access to some of our region’s most influential women leaders, thinkers and journalists.

One of the first speakers of the session is Christine Clarke Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls.

Clarke worked with the Pacific Gender Section in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on Reserve Service following completion of her lengthy full time Navy career in June 2021.

Clarke served as Australia’s Defence Adviser and Attaché to New Zealand, Cook Islands and Chile between 2018 and 2021 and has held many senior Navy and Australian Defence Force roles and executive committee positions including Head of the ADF Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response Office and served as Commanding Officer.

During the masterclass, Clarke spoke on the challenges faced by women in the Pacific.