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View the PDF document Examining women's participation in leadership roles at the grassroots in rural Fiji : the case of Votua, Ba
Author:McKinnon, Donna Elizabeth
Institution: University of the South Pacific.
Award: M.A.
Subject: Leadership in women -- Fiji -- Ba, Women in public life -- Fiji -- Ba, Sex discrimination against women -- Fiji -- Ba
Date: 2016
Call No.: pac HQ 1233 .M35 2016
BRN: 1209217
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Abstract: This study examines women’s participation in leadership roles at the grassroots using a case study of Votua Village, Ba. Using semi-structured interviews, focus groups discussions and participant observation the study found that notwithstanding women were actively involved in domestic and family care roles, subsistence, small commercial fishing as well as community service, these roles did not translate into meaningful leadership and significant decision making roles in the village. Patriarchal, traditional and cultural norms, which portrayed women as having lesser value, were found to be strong determinants of gender roles and thus hindered women’s ascension within the leadership and decision making structure. In addition, other impediments such as family responsibilities, low self-confidence and fear, conflict and lack of support, and village by laws were also responsible for keeping women in support roles. The conclusion suggests strategies to promote inclusive leadership in the village and for extended research to better understand the dynamics at play regarding women and leadership at the local level in Fiji.
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