South Pacific contexts for gender equity scholarship and practice

Singh-Peterson, Lila ORCID: (2020) South Pacific contexts for gender equity scholarship and practice. In: Integrating Gender in Agricultural Development: Learnings from South Pacific Contexts. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, London, United Kingdom, pp. 163-173. ISBN 978-1-78973-056-2


For many communities of the South Pacific, traditional customary hierarchies favour men over other genders. In rural settings, where the majority of women have little agency or voice, and where land and resources are controlled by community leaders; there can be significant barriers for development initiatives to meaningfully progress gender objectives. For this reason, the intersections between gender and other factors that determine social position are important to consider in the South Pacific context if gender equality or equity is to be sustainably progressed. In this final book chapter, I refer to the applied learnings of the book’s six case studies and synthesis chapter to reflect upon the current theoretical framings of gender mainstreaming, women’s empowerment and intersectionality. I argue that in situations where funding is limited, or gender equality is one of the funding objectives often in combination with food security and poverty alleviation objectives, gender integration as a component of a gender mainstreaming process can lead to a transformation in gender norms and stereotypes. Given strong leadership and sustained funding and commitment, transformative projects that move towards alleviating gendered power structures are achievable in the South Pacific.

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Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2022 05:53
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Uncontrolled Keywords: gender equity. South Pacific
Fields of Research (2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1601 Anthropology > 160101 Anthropology of Development
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
Fields of Research (2020): 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4518 Pacific Peoples society and community > 451802 Pacific Peoples anthropology
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4405 Gender studies > 440599 Gender studies not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940115 Pacific Peoples Development and Welfare
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9403 International Relations > 940302 International Aid and Development
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 21 INDIGENOUS > 2109 Pacific Peoples community services > 210902 Pacific Peoples development and wellbeing
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2303 International relations > 230302 International aid and development
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