Reflections from the South Pacific - navigating intersectionality and customary contexts to progress gender equality and gender equity

Singh-Peterson, Lila ORCID: and Carnegie, Michelle and Bourke, R. Michael (Mike) and Bue, Veronica and Kunatuba, Joanne Lee and Laqeretabua, Ana and Tano Moala, Temaleti and Pamphilon, Barbara and Vilisoni, Marilyn T. J. (2020) Reflections from the South Pacific - navigating intersectionality and customary contexts to progress gender equality and gender equity. In: Integrating Gender in Agricultural Development: Learnings from South Pacific Contexts. Emerald Group Publishing Limited, London, United Kingdom, pp. 151-162. ISBN 978-1-78973-056-2


Progressing gender equality objectives in development and research for development activities can be an uneven process, and this is certainly the case in the South Pacific. In this chapter, we deconstruct the six case studies featured in this book to discuss the common stumbling points, obstructions and pathways to gender equality and equity observed across the case study projects, but additionally through our collective experiences of living and/or working extensively in the South Pacific. This chapter serves to synthesise these findings. The authors propose that situating gender equality into a broader framing of social equality, by drawing on the concept of intersectionality, provides a necessary context for the design and implementation of development projects - particularly where project participants are from communities with strong customary orientation. We additionally outline the fluid nature of changing gender roles and stereotypes as project teams and project participants simultaneously negotiate the tension created by modernity and tradition.

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Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2022 05:57
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Uncontrolled Keywords: gender mainstreaming; sustainable agricultural development; South Pacific; custom; social inequity; customary values
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): 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440101 Anthropology of development
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4518 Pacific Peoples society and community > 451802 Pacific Peoples anthropology
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): 23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2303 International relations > 230302 International aid and development
21 INDIGENOUS > 2109 Pacific Peoples community services > 210902 Pacific Peoples development and wellbeing
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