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Putting women at the forefront of climate change and disaster response in the Pacific. Reapi Waitaleca is a grandmother in the village of Nabouwalu on the Fijian island of Kadavu. She is also a trained solar engineer who has installed solar panels for all the households in her village and established a solar workshop. She is now training an 18-year-old high school graduate as an apprentice engineer.

"On Saturday, I was busy with washing so I asked her [trained young woman] to fix the charge controller in the communal hall and she fixed it," beams Reapi.

Reapi is one of 10 Fijian women who have installed solar panels for 376 households in 12 villages around Fiji after participating in the "Rural Women Light up the Pacific" programme that included six months of training in India. The programme sees UN Women working with the Barefoot College to give women a source of income and more influence within their villages, providing examples that can inspire other women and girls to look beyond traditional gender roles.