Women in Fiji

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Women in Fiji
Fijian women ceremonial.jpg
Native Fijian women, 1935.
Global Gender Gap Index[1]
Value 0.6286 (2013)
Rank 117th out of 144

Women in Fiji live in or are from the Republic of Fiji. On March 8, 2007, The Fiji Times ONLINE described Fijian women as playing an important role in the fields of economic and social development in Fijian society. The women of the Republic of Fiji are the "driving force" in health service as nurses and medical doctors. They are also key players and managers in the tourism and entertainment industries, as well as teachers in the field of education.[2]

According to the article Women's work and fertility in Fiji, "the presence of very young children and larger family sizes contribute to the low level of labour force participation of Fijian and Indian women in Fiji."[3] By culture and tradition, a woman in Fiji lives in a paternalistic and patriarchal society wherein she has a secondary role at home performing household chores that include cooking meals and cleaning the house. As community and village members women are treated as subservient to men.[4]

Eating customs[edit]

By tradition, most of the cooking is performed by Fijian women. Indo-Fijian cuisine may include food made from starch and involves the use of relishes made from vegetables. If available, meat and fish are also eaten. Flatbread may be made from locally grown rice or from imported flour. Traditional Indo-Fijian eating custom requires that women eat separately from men. For religious reasons Hindu Indo-Fijians avoid consuming beef and Muslim Indo-Fijians avoid consuming pork.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Global Gender Gap Report 2013" (PDF). World Economic Forum. pp. 12–13. 
  2. ^ "Roles women play". The Fiji Times ONLINE. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  3. ^ Rakaseta, Vilimaina L. "Women's work and fertility in Fiji" (PDF). Pacific Health Dialog Vol. 2 No. 1. Original Papers. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "The traditional Fijian". Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  5. ^ Walker, Anthony R. "Fiji". Retrieved 14 October 2013. 

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