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  • Women's Political Participation in the Pacific
    Sep 26, 2016

    Women’s empowerment and political participation are a matter of human rights. While the right to vote and contest elections is now widely available to women all over the world, the goal of gender balance in political institutions is still far from being achieved.

  • women empowerment community action
    Sep 6, 2016

    Critical issues affect the wellbeing of women in the communities of the informal settlements of Nausori, Tailevu province, Fiji. One such issue is domestic violence which is rarely addressed at community level due to an entrenched culture of silence.

  • social change through songs
    Sep 6, 2016

    Inter-school school rivalry and bullying is an issue that often results in community violence and conflict in Suva, Fiji. In 2013, Pasifika Voices–a youth choir based in the Pacific–launched the Mana Choral Festival, an innovative Arts-based programme involving participation of students from rival high schools.

  • preserving traditional knowledge
    Sep 6, 2016

    The iTaukei communities of the Fiji Islands traditionally relied on “word of mouth” transmission of cultural identity, values and knowledge. The onset of modernity, however, no longer guarantees reliance on the home or community to transmit cultural and traditional knowledge.

  • making a difference in koroipita
    Sep 6, 2016

    The population of Koroipita, a township project located outside Lautoka in Ba province, reflects the diversity of Fijian society. Its low-income and destitute residents, however, all share the common experience of poverty and social dislocation.

  • empowering teen mothers in vuda
    Sep 6, 2016

    The issue of teenage pregnancies in Fiji is rarely discussed in community forums, even as the Health Ministry acknowledges that teenage pregnancies are on the rise. Young single mothers are vulnerable to poverty and social exclusion. Sound public policies on sexual and reproductive health which target young people are a matter of critical importance.

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