Gender Masculinity and Femininity (Oceania Men and Boys Engage) Project

As Transcend Oceania JustPeace Talanoa Bure post COVID19 continues, we acknowledge the active participation from the Methodist Church youth and Anglican church Diocese of Polynesia representatives who shared their stories. Engaging for the prevention and reduction of violence against women and girls in Fiji, Father Leo Collin Latianara highlighted that it starts with the mindset as Romans 12: 2  states that we should not be conformed to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of our minds. The representatives, namely Isoa Tupou of Transcend Oceania, Glen N of the Anglican Church, Leo Collin Latianara of the Diocese of Polynesia and Vodo Tuberi of the Methodist Church, elaborated on their experiences growing up within the Fijian traditional structure that has embedded alot of learnt behavior that contributes to men being violent towards women and girls. According to these young men, in order to help reduce the chances of mens’ violent behavior towards women and girls, it was important to unlearn the patriarchal mindset of men in a specific cultural context. Stay tuned for more in the coming weeks.