The Constitutional Process: A View from the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement

Virisila Buadromo

For some, conflict in Fiji relates to ethnic tension between Indo-Fijians and indigenous i’Taukei. Others blame the military and its usurpation of democratic governments. From a women’s rights perspective, the conflict in Fiji is about a fundamental power balance. Fiji is a patriarchal society that favours men over women. It is superficially multi-racial, but Fijians are highly polarised among different ethnicities, and are essentially conservative. In Fiji, where the government is so tied to the military, the women’s movement is perceived as a threat to the establishment. The military is hierarchical and patriarchal: when one person gives an order, everybody follows. The predominantly male military perspective sees a group of female-led agitators as inimical to the military psyche. Fighting for women’s rights is perceived as an attempt by the weaker sex to dominate men or take their space.

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March 21, 2021
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