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Women, Development and Empowerment: A Pacific Feminist Perspective



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Advancing Pacific Feminism


Changing our lives at the personal level and acting out the vision.


Stressing that the definition of our reality and vision needs to be defined by us as Pacific women.


Beginning to create and record our Pacific women's world through research, encouraging women's artistic and creative endeavours in all forms and using this record to show our women's world and women's contributions in our communities and the region. Researching, writing and publicising the lives and achievements of our Pacific women heroines, past and present, as part of this effort.


Using information from this workshop to share our vision and inviting responses and contributions to it; noting the importance of the process (how we listened and discussed things together) of this workshop and continuing it in our follow-up work.


Stressing and encouraging the use of vernacular languages to express all aspects of our vision.

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Redefining family roles to equalise work, family responsibilities and resources.

Violence Against Women


Individually and collectively disapproving of violence to women and taking action against it.


Making domestic disputes involving violence public, not private and personal.


Pressing for legislation against domestic violence.


Creating our own support systems for victims of rape and violence.


Providing women with a ‘strengthening’ body of ideas (ideology) to support their stand against oppression and violence against them.



Seeking non-sexist, relevant literature and stories for all levels and stages of education.


Surveying, criticising and changing (re-writing) sexist materials used in and outside schools for education.


Seeking the assistance of regional organisations in achieving (13) above.


Stressing the necessity of sex education in schools as part of women's understanding of and control over their bodies.


Extending “home economics” training (or training in domestic skills) to men, and extending technical, trade and science training to women.

Economic Self-reliance


Seeking to create a practical economic support system for women to enable them to stand on their own feet if they need to get out of an oppressive relationship.


Encouraging women to ensure that fund-raising activities savings go towards efforts for their own benefit and improvement.

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Seeking increased national allocation of money and resources for areas where women's productive activities are unrecognised (ie. in unpaid subsis tence production and work in the home), and assistance for women to help themselves advances economically.

Working and Organising for Women


Recognising women's organisations need to meet and talk about what they are doing and how they can support each other and develop a sense of direction.


We will communicate our Pacific feminist perspective to other women's groups.


We will use this group as an informal network to support us when we return home by exchanging ideas, information and further strategies; and sharing information on useful resources and experiences that may help and inspire other women.

Status of Women


Working against negative images in the media and opposing beauty contests.


Rejecting the study of Pacific women and their activities being used for the academic or career advancement of individuals from outside the region.

Women and Politics


Developing political strategies - informing women of the workings of the existing social, economic and political systems, pointing out where change is needed, and lobbying to effect the changes. Speaking out, demonstrating, and using whatever means that will advance the changes and legally effect them.


Women in politics - encouraging and supporting women to enter politics and work for the vision from within the existing system and helping women to effect change from outside the existing system.