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Pacific islanders are faced with issues that have never before confronted us, from the impacts of climate change to that of globalisation. The new Pacific is being shaped by a generation of young leaders who are unafraid to express themselves and carve out a niche for the future.

10 03, 2019

Speaking back: Challenging linguistic microaggressions in New Caledonia through street art

2019-04-04T17:28:04+12:00March 10th, 2019|Categories: Featured, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , , |

Project by Associate professors, Dr Elatiana Razafi & Dr Fabrice Wacalie with the University of New Caledonia Blog with Dr Sylvia Frain, The Everyday Peace Initiative The Pacific is diverse with over 1000 Austronesian languages, 750 Papuan languages and 9 variations of pidgin. From a sociolinguistic point of view, ‘pidgins’, ‘dialects’ and ‘creoles’, are

1 03, 2019

PIANGO: Ensure disability inclusion and ownership in humanitarian responses

2019-04-04T10:34:19+12:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Featured, News from Pacific Regional NGO (PRNGO) Alliance, Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , , |

There is a need to build meaningful relationships and create enabling spaces that gain the trust of people living with disabilities. Pacific Islands Association of Non-Governmental Organisation (PIANGO) Research and Policy Officer Josaia Osborne in his presentation at the 6th Pacific Regional Conference on Disability (Conference programme | Word doc) in Nadi, Fiji said a

27 02, 2019

The role of faith communities as agents of social change in ending violence against women

2019-02-27T15:52:29+12:00February 27th, 2019|Categories: News from Pacific Regional NGO (PRNGO) Alliance, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , , |

The General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC),  Reverend JAMES BHAGWAN delivered a message from the Christian faith perspective on ending violence against women, at the high-level launch of the European Union and United Nations Spotlight Initiative in Apia, Samoa on 26 February 2019. Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen: This is not a

13 12, 2018

‘Poor humanitarian coordination causes more harm than good for women’

2018-12-13T12:32:08+12:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , |

The competition for space by donors, intergovernmental agencies and international NGOs in Pacific countries in the aftermath of disasters causes more harm than good, a major regional meeting on ending violence against women has heard. Poor coordination and a failure to connect with local groups already working on the ground often lead to a

13 12, 2018

‘Home-grown initiatives to end violence against women show better results’

2018-12-13T12:30:10+12:00December 13th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Identities, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Home-grown initiatives in the Pacific to address violence against women and girls have better chances of succeeding and bringing about change, than overseas-designed programs that are implemented with good intentions but in the wrong context. This was a theme of discussions at the eighth meeting of the Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women

1 12, 2018

Where water meets oil in the Pacific

2019-02-15T15:35:51+12:00December 1st, 2018|Categories: Featured, News from Micronesia, Pacific Identities, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , |

By GAAFAR J. UHERBELAU Thanks to the reach of social media and the global resurgence of social activism, much light is being shed on many social justice issues, globally and in our Pacific region. Issues such as poverty, inequality, racism, sexism, and all other –isms being driven by hashtag movements – made more aware

16 11, 2018

Women at the forefront of Guam’s decolonisation struggle

2018-11-16T07:39:30+12:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: Pacific Identities, Pasifika Rising News|

By SAMANTHA MARLEY BARNETT Guahan (or Guam) is a Pacific Island in the Micronesian region of Oceania, and a current colony of the United States. The island and her people, the indigenous Chamorus, have experienced nearly 500 years of uninterrupted colonisation, from Spanish, Japanese, and American colonial administrations. Chamorus have resisted colonial policies and

14 11, 2018

Mapping contemporary political arrangements across Micronesia

2018-11-16T06:59:41+12:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Identities, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , , |

By SYLVIA C FRAIN The Micronesian region is referred to in a variety of ways. Sometimes it is termed the “American Pacific,” but that does not include American Samoa. Or incorrectly as the “South Pacific,” despite being located above the equator. In Aotearoa New Zealand, it is considered the

13 11, 2018

The #BluePacific digital challenge

2018-11-16T06:31:03+12:00November 13th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Identities, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , |

It is undeniable that with the increased affordability and accessibility to the internet, smartphones, and social media, people all over the Pacific have not escaped the flood of communication technology advancement. From the highlands of Papua New Guinea to the busy streets of Suva, from the Australian outback to the island of Funafuti, people

15 10, 2018

Pacific leadership: Are we seeing a changing of the guard?

2018-10-15T16:01:47+12:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Featured, Large Ocean States, Pacific Civil Society, Pacific Identities|Tags: , , , |

By Dr TRANSFORM AQORAU* The ceremonial changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace is a tourist attraction for people form all over the world. It is wonderfully atttactive and captivating occasion. Dr Transform Aqorau Photo: iss-foundation.org In our beautiful Pacific Islands region, we too are going through a changing of the guards

15 10, 2018

Pacific perspectives are game-changers in regional geopolitics

2018-10-17T14:54:25+12:00October 15th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Identities, Pasifika Rising News|Tags: , , , , , |

By MAKERETA KOMAI* When I was approached to speak on the topic ‘Australia and China in the Pacific, I wondered why there was interest in my views, particularly when there was already much public discussion and debate around the topic in the media in Australia, with all the views and opinions seeming to suggest

8 10, 2018

1.5 to stay alive: Reflecting on the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius

2018-10-15T16:55:26+12:00October 8th, 2018|Categories: Large Ocean States, Pacific Identities, Pacific Resilience|Tags: , , |

By KOSI LATU* Kosi Latu, SPREP Director General. Photo: SPREP As we are faced with darkness there is hope. Today a special report from the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on the impacts of global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius was released. The messages within the report will generate both hope

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