| || || Corcoran, Lupe Lutelu Kofe.|
| || || Women's social status and development in the small island state of Kiribati : a case study of South Tarawa in the Republic of Kiribati |
Author:Corcoran, Lupe Lutelu Kofe.
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Call No.: Pac HQ 1866 .6 .C67 2006
Copyright:20-40% of this thesis may be copied without the authors written permission
Abstract: Women’s social status and development in the developing world is a vital component that is of significance to development. In fact, women’s social status in the developing countries is far too low compared to world standards. However, in the urban areas women and gender issues are more focused today than ever before. The thesis examines the major roles of women in Kiribati society in general and explores the struggles that women face in urban areas, particularly in South Tarawa. The research has discovered three major issues if women are to be involved in the development of South Tarawa in Kiribati. Firstly, women’s social issues encompass all social aspects of women’s life by traditional norms which hinder their contribution to development. Secondly, their late entrance into formal education has resulted in their relative absence from all levels of decision making. Finally, the economic and political representation of women at all levels is very poor. At the same time, better representation would be significant to their development in the areas of concern. Therefore, these problems are to be addressed properly. It is vital particularly since as development continues, women are major players in the process, especially by providing a healthy, honest, efficient and effective work force. Development brings positive changes, which leads to progress and better living standards. However, in the case of South Tarawa development has brought about multiple problems to the urban dwellers, and especially to women. The increasing population of the urban areas has brought many problems, for example lack of clean drinking water, lack of proper housing, lack of sanitation and lack of proper dumping areas. These problems have a great impact on women, therefore hindering women’s development. Issues of women’s improvement require an effort by everyone, including the government, non-government organizations and private sector. Significantly, there is need to realize the importance of women’s contribution to the development of Kiribati as a whole. Therefore, development would be more meaningful to women when they are recognized and involved, despite traditional norms. There is a great need for adoption of sound policies for improving women’s status and development in Kiribati.