They still face significant barriers to gender equality, but right across the Pacific brave and bold women are taking on the traditionally male-dominated realm of sport. That's something worth celebrating this International Women's Day.
Sport is a treasured part of Pacific life, particularly among its once-exclusively male custodians, so the increasing influence and visibility of women is both remarkable and hugely influential.
Many major sports for development programs, including four in Samoa, are led by women. The Australian Aid-funded Pacific Sports Partnerships' (PSP) programs reached more than 170,000 women in 2016, promoting health, gender equality and the importance of education, and when the PSP staged sports communication workshops across six Pacific nations, more women completed the courses than men.
But the statistics cannot reveal the individual stories of lives transformed by sport, so please enjoy this pictorial tour with the women of Pacific sport.
This story was produced by ABC International Development as part of the Pacific Sports Partnerships funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
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