Community education: An essential dimension in the prevention of violence against women


  • Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop Auckland University of Technology


This paper explores how global aid agendas impact NGO responsibility for Violence Against Women (VAW) community education programmes. VAW is a critical issue in the Pacific region. A reconfiguration of the NGO sector is taking place whereby larger NGOs receive more resources than smaller, more diverse NGOs. This paper examines a regional-national pattern whereby a Fiji-based NGO regional hub has become a source of VAW knowledge and resources. As a case study, the Vanuatu Women’s Centre is an example of a national NGO accessing regional VAW resources to develop initiatives relevant to the Vanuatu context. One issue is whether the Vanuatu experience can be generalised to other Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs). Another issue is whether the specialised knowledge and skills generated by the regional hubs are at the expense of many locally-generated programmes that have previously characterised NGOs. This paper proposes that a community education perspective be applied to development programmes in PICTs.

Author Biography

Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop, Auckland University of Technology

Dr Peggy Fairbairn-Dunlop is Professor of Pacific Studies at the Auckland University of Technology.  Peggy has been researching and publishing on Pacific education and development issues for over 30 years drawing on her New Zealand and Pacific experiences as play school mother helper, primary school teacher, teachers college through to university lecturer and her involvement in women’s and youth NGO community education  programmes.   Peggy’s research mostly involves critiquing global models for their appropriateness to Pacific peoples especially how these influence the family systems.  Documenting oral stories is another research focus.  Peggy is Sa Petaia (Te’o) and Sa Atoa.