Much like the rest of the world, Chuuk is undergoing a paradigm shift in recognizing the importance of women in leadership roles. Women have traditionally been the backbone of the family, a role that has over time become a cause of injustice in today’s democratic government; today, many Chuukese men expect women to serve in subservient roles in the community. Clearly there is a need for an attitudinal and cultural change towards women’s leadership roles in the community. Women must be given the same opportunities to excel in leadership roles in the community. Young women in schools must be taught to value their leadership roles in the community. Likewise, young men must be taught to respect women.
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