The Scream No One Heard: Gender Equality, Relocation, and Environmental Decision-Making in Fiji

Printer-friendly versionPDF version
Nov 08, 2019
Author: 
Amanda Bertana and Natalie Blanton

This case study is based on the government-sponsored relocation of Vunidogoloa Village in Vanua Levu, Fiji, erosion and coastal flooding. The overall goal of this case is to introduce students to the intersection of gender and climate change concerns. The themes represented here address issues associated with climate change adaptation, women’s rights, and inclusive environmental decision-making processes. We place gender at the center of this analysis to illustrate the substantial role gender played in the decision to relocate Vunidogoloa Village. In this case study, students will utilize discussion and problem solving skills through three modules that compare the goals and demands of stakeholders, engage with policy reports and data analysis to inform stakeholder roleplay, and analyze the nuance of inclusive environmental decision-making models.

Link to PowerPoint presentation: 
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/19vne5tw8RNIUFVd2JHSrN5pAY1hTmKUeYP4bA3UBCLg/edit?usp=sharing
(Please contact the authors’ for trouble accessing the file or permission to download.)

Estimated time frame: 
A few class periods (i.e., less than 3 hours)
SES learning goals: 
  • Systems Thinking 
  • Socio-Cultural Competencies

Key Words: climate change, environmental justice, relocaton, gender 

Has this been tested in the class room: 
No
Share: Facebook Icon Twitter Icon Linked Icon