Fiji Social Development

 

Soto, Ed F. About Us. Digital image. Social Development in Asia-Pacific. Social Development in Asia -pacific, 25 Oct. 2007. Web. 26 Apr. 2013.

Soto, Ed F. About Us. Digital image. Social Development in Asia-Pacific. Social Development in Asia -pacific, 25 Oct. 2007. Web. 26 Apr. 2013.

Several of the Fijian residents are laboring workers that qualified for retirement, disability, and survivor benefits, to which they pay 7% of their wages, corresponding by their employers. Big businesses also pay for workmen’s reimbursement, covering both provisional and permanent disability aids.  The government gives the women with equal rights and contains affirmative action provisions for the disadvantaged. Amendments that took effect in 1998 address legal discrimination against women in the areas of spousal and offspring rights.

Byers, Lucy H. Fiji. Digital image. Oxfam NZ. Oxfam NZ, 7 Feb. 2008. Web. 26 Apr. 2013.

Byers, Lucy H. Fiji. Digital image. Oxfam NZ. Oxfam NZ, 7 Feb. 2008. Web. 26 Apr. 2013.

Fijian women predominantly achieve old-fashioned roles, although some do accomplish leadership roles in the public and private sectors. Garment workers, who are generally female, are subject to a lower minimum wage than that specified for other workers. Domestic abuse appears to be on the rise partially due to financial hardship, and an active women’s rights movement is addressing the problem.

The government openly endorses the rights of ethnic Fijians above that of other ethnic groups. Ethnic Fijians dominate in senior government locations and in the ownership of land. While Indo-Fijians may be found in senior positions in the private sector, few are in government. Indo-Fijians are sometimes the matter to discrimination. Human rights abuses are occasionally reported. However, Fiji’s major human problem remains discrimination against ethnic minorities.

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Fiji’s Climate

The islands climate is tropical marine nature. The aspects that control  the mild climate in the islands is the location of Fiji that is in the middle of largest water body on earth, the Pacific Ocean, the winds and the ocean currents. Fiji belongs to the Oceania group of islands and is in the sub region of Melanesia. In the island rainy season come around November to March. The larger islands that contain the tropical rain forests receive the heaviest rain during those months. The south-eastern regions of the mountainous terrain also receive a lot of rainfall. Those parts of the island become very humid and sticky. The east and the southeast winds tend to control the climate in the island. Fiji is the prone to cyclones which is basically there only major hazard that involve it climate. The months of November to April are the season of cyclones. The high winds blowing during cyclones are however not dangerous.

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Fijian Languages

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Fijian is there language which is generally spoken in the islands and it’s a mixture of different dialects. English is also the common language of the island and almost everyone speaks English in Fiji Island. The accent of the Fijians is similar to English but there are some slight changes in the phonetic. Fiji has three official languages and they are English, Bau Fijian and Hindustani but English is the main medium of communication in Fiji.  These people have a combination of modern and tradition in there language as well.
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Fiji’s Agriculture and Natural Resources

Harrison, Jennifer F. Fiji Natural Resources. Digital image. Fiji Natural Resources - Google Search. Google Search, 16 May 2012. Web. 03 Mar. 2013.

Harrison, Jennifer F. Fiji Natural Resources. Digital image. Fiji Natural Resources – Google Search. Google Search, 16 May 2012. Web. 03 Mar. 2013.

The Natural Resources for the islands are  timber, fish, gold, copper, offshore oil potential,and hydropower .
 The mountainous rugged relief of Fiji make agriculture difficult in Fiji. So the economy depends on the resources from the forest and the surrounding water bodies.More than three-quarters of all Fijian households used to engage in agricultural-related activities, but now many of those workers have switched over to the growing service industry or tourism business.The only resource in which they make the most money  is from the sugarcane industry.
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Fiji’s Education

 The type of education that is offered in the island is a combination of cross culture which are totally based on the guidance and administration of several religious organizations. The Ministry of Education in Fiji is taking important steps to fund the educational fees and other costs linked to it and therefore bringing it under the affordability for everyone. The ministry is worried about all the aspects of education and it is putting all the efforts to carefully distribute the educational funds to everybody and especially to the rural areas and urban areas.

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Fiji’s Government

Fiji currently operates under a military regime headed by Commodore Vorege Bainimarama and  Ratu Epeli Nailatikau as the president of Fiji. The Parliament is legally headed by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarse as the head of government. Qarase remains under military confinement at this time while the day to day operations of Fiji are managed by the chief of state as the Interim Prime Minister.The country is divided into four districts for purposes of administration which are the central district, based in Nausori, the northern district, based in Labasa, the eastern district, based in Levuka, and the western district, based in Lautoka. Each district has jurisdiction over the provinces that are within its division. In total, there are 14 provinces, which are each governed by a council that have an executive head granted by the Fijian Affairs Board. These councils generally oversee urban affairs.
A Statement from Fiji’s President, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, says it is “critical” that Fiji’s new constitution upholds the “fundamental principles of democracy, good governance, accountability, human rights and transparency.”
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Fiji’s Capital City

Suva the stunning capital city of Fiji’s and the largest city in the islands .The city is built on a peninsula and reaches out into the sea. The structure of this city is a mixture of modern design and traditional architecture.  On one side the city have Laucala Bay and on the other side Suva Harbor, in the southeast corner of Viti Levu. The city is full of tall buildings as it is the administrative center of the Central Division. The colorful gardens and waving palm trees throughout the place make it more attractive. Attending the carol in the church on Sundays are  magnificent experience. The people there will always treat you with Hospitality. It is amazing .

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Fiji Transportations

In Fiji you will find buses and taxis run everywhere that are inexpensive.  There are ferries, launches, aircraft, helicopters and seaplanes which take you to the outer islands and there is an extensive network of docks and airfields throughout the islands.Air Pacific is the Fijian international carrier and there are two domestic air carries – Air Fiji and Sunflower Airlines.

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Fiji’s Beaches

Fiji Beaches are ideal for tourists who dream of a tropical beach. It is the place where they can sooth their eye by taking a look at the ocean or blue lagoon of a myriad. Watching the fish life or the colorful coral reefs are the other attractions of the beaches.

Fiji consists on more than 300 islands, some are inhabited, some are not .In Fiji you can enjoy the isolated deserted beaches as well. There are white beaches as well as golden beaches. You will be surprised to discover the black beaches which betray their volcanic origin.
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Fijian Art

The islands art and crafts are unique because they convey creativeness and traditionalism in them. They are usually displaced  in Fijian ceremonies or are sold to tourist as souvenirs. Their art is generally a craft ware of either wood or it is in the weave form as mostly the Pacific Island Art favors either any one of the two or simply a balance between the two products. The weaving material of Fiji Art is done from two sources namely Pandanus and Coconut.
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