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

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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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