There is no hiding that like so many other Kiribati men, my grandfather was abusive to my grandma. He was physically overbearing over Terira. There is a story that my grandma spent a night clinging to the inside of a well while my grandfather, in a rage, raced around looking for his wife. Continue reading Climate change: why men’s violence against women increases with each rising tide.
In my own cultural journey, these points are just some of the reasons I allow myself the title of upholding what it means to be a proud I-Kiribati woman… Continue reading The Kiribati woman
For thousands of years Pacific culture has lead to men believing that domestic violence is right and a man’s prerogative. This is absolutely wrong, but it doesn’t take a bill in parliament to change a society’s ways that they have held for thousands of years. Continue reading Say NO to the death penalty in Kiribati.
I walked back to the house with two cousins running ahead and a baby cousin on my hip. I was wearing a traditional Kiribati top (tiibuta) and a sarong. I was barefoot and despite my lighter skin, I could have been any other I-Kiribati woman. A baby on my hip, yelling at my younger cousins to stop fighting and going back to my house where my family waited. Continue reading Tong must work harder for Kiribati women
It’s almost winter here in Melbourne and while the rain falls and the frost thickens, we while away our time by looking out the window and dreaming of holidays. Holidays with endless sunshine, drinking straight from the coconut and swimming in the ocean at night. The Pacific Islands can give you this luxury and it is perfect a holiday. It’s always warm, the sunsets across … Continue reading Paradise on earth? Welcome to the Pacific!
In previous posts I mentioned how wonderful the women in my family are. I have also previously mentioned that there are huge domestic abuse issues on Kiribati. Yeah, this isn’t such a happy topic is it? But nevertheless, a topic that must, must, must be out in the open. Unfortunately almost every I-Kiribati woman I know has been a victim of domestic violence in some … Continue reading Women of the Pacific
When I last posted, I was in Fiji waiting for my flight to get to Kiribati in time for the elections. Since arriving on Tarawa on the 11th October, I then made my way to the outer island of Marakei to join my Mum’s campaign as a candidate to be the local member of Kiribati parliament. Before I go into the ins and outs of … Continue reading Marakei living and the simplest table of a political voting system ever
Kiribati Speaker strong advocate for more women in Parliament. So as I said previously, my mum is running for parliament. Obviously I’m proud but the fact that more women are being encouraged to run for parliament is a wonderful thing. Mum is running as a candidate for the island of Marekai. Elections are in November. Watch this space Continue reading Come on Mum!
Is climate change slipping out of the frame? | Climate Spectator. A review on the new film ‘The Hungry Tide’ about climate change and the effects in Kiribati. More news on this to come and admittedly I haven’t it yet but I am very excited about it! I’ll try and find a clip of the doco and chuck it on here asap. In the meantime, … Continue reading Is climate change slipping out of the frame? | Climate Spectator