Over the next five days your group will focus on women- and family-centered community service projects. Women are poorly represented in positions of power throughout the South Pacific and there is very limited legislation regarding women’s rights. This has led to some of the world’s highest rates of gender-based violence.
Within Fiji, as quoted by the United Nations, “women in the region often face cultural, economic and systemic barriers to participating fully in their communities. These can include little or no access to decent work, leadership opportunities, legal representation, basic education, and healthcare, as well as the direct physical and emotional effects of violence.” By contributing to our projects, you will be supporting women and women’s interests, which have been identified by the government as a need to address the imbalance of power and create an inclusive society. Our projects support the notion that empowering women in communities results in thriving economies and spawns productivity and overall growth.
After service, enjoy adventures and cultural activities—hike sand dunes, kayak through mangroves, swim in the local hot springs, watch a sunset at historical Momi Guns, visit local markets, and learn a traditional Fijian war dance called the meke. Join your group for a post-service debrief in the evening, discussing what you experienced and learned through hands-on work in the community.