Limiting Definitions Limit Leadership

June 19, 2015

A study commissioned by IWDA’s Funding Leadership and Opportunities for Women program and in partnership with Fiji Women’s Forum examined “Public Perceptions of Women in Leadership” by analysing the status of women in Fiji and studying the implications of attitudes towards women pursuing leadership positions in the political domain.

“While the results of this study show that most people continue to think of a political ‘leader’ as male, the leadership qualities they value are regarded as being equally or more often associated with women as with men.”

Understanding men’s perception of women participating in politics informs us more broadly about the status of women in Fiji and how traditional gender roles operate in the context of men’s violence against women. Ultimately, masculinity in Fiji needs to be redefined to curtail gender based violence.

For the full report: Public Perceptions of Women in Leadership Research