What do women and men in Fiji think about women in politics? New insights on where change is happening
A new report on Public perceptions of women in leadership, released in Suva on 5 November, provides a window onto changing community attitudes about the role of women in political leadership in Fiji. The research also provides insight into the views that lie behind women’s increased representation in parliament at the recent elections, to 14%, up from 11% in the 1999 and 2006 elections.
The study, undertaken by the Fiji Women’s Forum in partnership with International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA), with funding from the Netherlands Government (the research was funded through the Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women program and led by Patrina Dumaru and Sarah Pene, who also wrote the research report, with input from the Fiji Women’s Forum and IWDA), is the first of its kind. It explores community views about the role of women in Fiji politics and attitudes to leadership more generally. Drawing on responses from more than 1,400 participants, solicited through survey questionnaires, focus group discussions, and key informant interviews, the report offers a snapshot of public attitudes towards women in leadership captured during the lead up to the 2014 general elections in Fiji.
To read the full article published on November 19th 2014, please click here.