South Pacific contexts for gender equity scholarship and practice

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Singh-Peterson, Lila. 2020. "South Pacific contexts for gender equity scholarship and practice." Singh-Peterson, Lila and Carnegie, Michelle (ed.) Integrating Gender in Agricultural Development: Learnings from South Pacific Contexts. London, United Kingdom. Emerald. pp. 163-173
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South Pacific contexts for gender equity scholarship and practice

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID5694
Book TitleIntegrating Gender in Agricultural Development: Learnings from South Pacific Contexts
Authors
AuthorSingh-Peterson, Lila
EditorsSingh-Peterson, Lila and Carnegie, Michelle
Page Range163-173
Chapter Number11
Number of Pages11
Year2020
PublisherEmerald
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISBN9781789730562
9781789730555
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/978-1-78973-055-520191014
Web Address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/978-1-78973-055-520191014/full/html
Abstract

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.

Keywordsgender equity. South Pacific
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020451802. Pacific Peoples anthropology
440599. Gender studies not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of the Sunshine Coast
Journal TitleIntegrating Gender in Agricultural Development
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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