Program Participant

Program Participant

Ashiyan Rahmani-Shirazi

Ph.D. Student, University of Hawaii, Manoa

Ashiyan is currently a PhD student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, in the interdisciplinary Communication & Information Sciences program, and teaches Global Communication in the School of Communications. His research looks at how women in rural communities in the Pacific utilize mobile devices to interact with community radio.

Before moving to Honolulu, from 1998 to 2011, Ashiyan taught, and worked with ICTs with non-profits, in the UK, China & Mexico. After moving to Honolulu, he was an affiliate scholar at the East-West Center and lecturer at Honolulu Community College.

Ashiyan holds a Post-Graduate Diploma in Software Engineering from Oxford University, UK, an M.A. in the Chinese Business World from the University of London (SOAS), UK and a B.Sc. in International Politics & Computer Science from Keele University, UK.

You can find Ashiyan Rahmani-Shirazi in:

Research Workshop: Development of E-Health and Telemedicine—How ICT Has Contributed and Will Be Contributed?
Sunday, 21 January 2018


Mobile Devices and Community Radio in Rural Fiji: Women's Food Security and Health Service Mutual Support




This presentation provides some initial health and food security related analyses from a 3 phase study investigating the way in which women in rural Fiji use mobile devices to interact with community radio. There will be a discussion, in the context of documenting mobile radio related platforms for enhancing women's participation in governance structures and resiliency to extreme weather conditions - one of the primary discourses in this process including ensuring food security during Tropical Cyclone Winston in March 2015. In addition, as part of the national development plan, and a critical characteristic of rural women leader's priorities in participating in governance structures was the provision of pharmaceutical and local health services - broadcast on the 'Radio with Pictures' platform. Finally, the mutual support and capacity building in developing a voice to raise issues, in particular, to provide funding for health services was also documented. As primary health providers, women in community groups in Fiji can use theses mediated and non-mediated community platforms for the highlighting of health service related issues of concern, mutual support in capacity development and sharing indigenous knowledge about food practices in extreme weather conditions.

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