Amelia Kinahoi Siamomua: Candidate for Executive Director, UN Women
“2021, It Is Time To Do The Right Thing“
I bring a significant breadth and depth of experience in the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights globally, regionally and at country level, gained from over a career of more than 35 years and specifically as the former Head of Gender for the Commonwealth Secretariat; Regional Programme Director for the Pacific for UNIFEM; as a Senior Advisor on gender for the UNDP, Senior Adviser of Gender & Diversity for CARE USA, and Head and Women’s Adviser for the Pacific Women’s Bureau at the Pacific Community.
- Sustainable development needs strong and empowered women that will bring wisdom, experience, strength, empathy and leadership to advance gender equality worldwide.
- Claiming women’s space and demanding women’s inclusion and equality throughout history is not new. There’s already a bold vision to be implemented across all sectors, communities and societies.
“From addressing policies and multiple forms of discriminatory practices at the workplace such as sexual harassment, the gender wage gap to shifting policy and culture so that more women can claim their places and leadership positions, to
Assessing the economic costs of violence against women and girls in small island developing states, to
Speak up for equality to empower all women and girls and other groups, to
Health and well-being needs of all women, LGBTIQ, women of colour, women with disabilities, trans, gender diverse and intersex women, to
Meaningful engagement and fostering cross-sectoral responses that embeds principles of gender equality and women’s rights in all aspects of sustainable development.”
International, Regional, National
Breadth of experience from short-long term work and visits to countries in Africa; Asia; Europe; Latin America and the Caribbean; Northern America, and Oceania.
Drawing on my extensive experience leading teams, programmes and operations and successfully partnering, collaborating and implementing policy work and programmes in an inclusive, fair and transparent manner as articulated in the respective organisations’ strategic plans and frameworks, I have performed a diverse range of roles/functions through leading and coordinating with global network of high-level, senior officials working on gender and gender specialists to support member countries demands for gender technical assistance through policy advisory and programming.
4Cs:Coordination, Cooperation, Commitment and Care for gender equality and women’s rights
Amelia Kinahoi Siamomua
Minister of Youth, Sports and Family Affairs of Seychelles, June 2021
from the Rt Hon Helen Clark, 2020
“The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) is the premium political agency for the region. This is the body that brings together the Leaders of Pacific Island Countries (PICs), including Australia and New Zealand to deliberate and decide on key regional issues. Key regional issues, as to be expected, cover a wide range of areas such as economic development, infrastructure development, transportation, telecommunications and e-Government, climate change and disasters, health such as the COVID 19 pandemic, education, gender, security and so forth. The PIFS should anchor all the efforts of technical regional inter-governmental organisations to ensure they are supporting all PICs big and small. Thus, the next Secretary General should have the calibre and the “mana” to do exactly that. I have faith in Ms Ámelia Kinahoi Siamomua as a candidate (now) and as the next Secretary General, to take the region to a higher level of economic, social, environmental development and resiliency, based on the aspirations of the Leaders and people of PICs.” by the late Dr Netatua Pelesikoti, Environmental Scientist, Former Director Climate Change Division, SPREP; Programme Manager, Central Services Unit (CSU), IDA 18, World Bank Projects, Tonga
“For SIDS, building back differently needs leadership that is robust and committed to inclusion and tackling COVID19 beyond borders. Regional solidarity and institutions are critical to building back better to recover from the crisis and build more resilient economies and societies. To address deepening inequality within and between countries, and to tackle the climate emergency, we need modern leadership that combines experience and empathy. I have witnessed Amelia’s commitment to regional and international cooperation, her abilities as a consensus-builder and an effective facilitator. I was proud to be her colleague and look forward to seeing her at work for the Pacific.” Vijay Krishnarayan of Trinidad and Tobago, Former Director-General (2012-2019), Commonwealth Foundation
Championing Change“Amelia is the best option we have in the Pacific. She will ensure there is an intersectional approach in the pursuit of improving the welfare of all Pacific Island lives, and our environment, especially during this pandemic. Her 35 years of experience of working with Governments, civil society, and various stakeholders including women, and youth across the African, Asian, Carribbean, and Pacific regions, will bring value and fearless leadership to the role of the Secretary General, PIFS.” Elizabeth V Kite, Founding CEO of Pacific Lead and Tonga Youth Leaders
“Amelia is the living example of the true Pacific understanding of unity in differences. Her 4 Cs of Coordination, Cooperation, Commitment and Care are centred in the Pacific original philosophy that sustains balance and harmony in relationships both within communities and among nations. I interacted with Amelia while undertaking post-doctoral research in the UK in 2017, and it was then that I witnessed first-hand her sharpness in interpreting diverse information in a short period of time, her openness to new ideas, and her promptness in taking action when she connected me to all possible avenues she identified as necessary for furthering my research endeavours the UK and beyond. Amelia has the physical capacity, spiritual power, and intellectual flexibility to re-unite the voices and wisdom of our Pacific region. She is a post covid-19 opportunity for the Pacific Island Forum Countries to re-establish their international identity in this new era that is upon us.” Dr. Kaitu’u ‘i Pangai Funaki, Founder of the Dignified Pacific Initiative, Co-founder of the Emerging and Developing Economies Network Seminars, Researcher with the Center for Democracy Promotion (Japan), and Director of the Royal Oceania Institute (Tonga)
“There is a prevailing gap in the kind of leadership that is connected with people and their realities and at the same time able to inspire and galvanise action at multiple levels of decision-making. Amelia exemplifies leadership that has the breadth and depth of hands-on experience in country-specific development and enriched by decades of working for regional and global cooperation. She is intimate with the cultural specificity of large ocean nations, possess a substantive knowledge of the nuance of gender and its intersectionality and a fierce advocate of the rights of women. As a colleague, Amelia and I worked together, strategizing and supporting ways to amplify voices of women and those less heard across the Commonwealth and beyond. I am proud of her commitment to people’s participation in governance, crucial at this time of crisis. The Pacific in these unprecedented times needs a leader with an extraordinary knowledge of the region and a passion to see the Pacific rise even stronger. I look forward to Amelia’s return to her roots, leading alongside the people of the Pacific.” Myn Garcia, Canada, Former Deputy Director General (2012-2019), Commonwealth Foundation
“The time is always right to do what is right.” Martin Luther Kind Jr.
“Better Coordination, Cooperation, Care for realisation of gender equality and women’s rights, to build forward global attention and investment for fair and just societies for all women and girls in this decade of action. Let us build forward differently, and better to reinforce the links between gender equality, climate actions and sustainable development, adaptation responses with goals of environmental conservation, economic development and societal wellbeing of all peoples of the world. It is time to do the right thing” Amelia Kinahoi Siamomua, July 2021