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Women, Development and Empowerment: A Pacific Feminist Perspective



Education should provide useful knowledge for us as women to be able to understand the societies we live in. It is important for us to have access to all forms of knowledge. Knowledge is essential to enable us to analyse our specific situation as women and to transform society.

Our vision of education requires the following:

  • equal opportunities for women to pursue studies at all levels without restrictions

  • training of women by other women in traditional skills

  • broadened training opportunities for women

  • challenging the present concept of education so that all forms of knowledge are seen as equally important

  • equal opportunities to pursue knowledge in all areas and all levels

  • challenging the content of education at present in the Pacific which is not suitable for village life especially where there is so much unemployment in the urban areas

  • eliminating sexist content in school curriculum

  • changing the present situation where the acquisition of knowledge through formal institutions is disproportionately rewarded with power and status in the community.

Black and white print - pacific design.