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League for Life uses the power of rugby league in Fiji. / Credit: NRL Fiji

Power for change

The League for Life program is currently operating in four Pacific countries: Fiji; Papua New Guinea; Samoa and Tonga. 

In Fiji, the program is delivered in partnership between NRL Fiji and the Fiji National Rugby League (FNRL).

Overarching Program Goal

Rugby league provides a safe, welcoming and inclusive community space for Pacific island women and girls, and people with a disability.

Program Objectives

  • Address barriers to participation for women and girls and people with a disability across all roles (playing and non-playing) in rugby league
  • Work with community leaders and experts to reduce incidents of gender-based violence through community engagement and education programs
  • Promote positive attitudes towards gender equity and inclusion for all.

The two core programs delivered by NRL Fiji staff are:

  • League for Life in-school sessions
  • Voice Against Violence workshops

League for Life in school is designed to engage children with education in and out of the classroom via communication of positive social messages. 

The Voice Against Violence program is aimed at informing and empowering young men and women (aged 16 years or older) to stand up, speak out and take action against domestic violence.

Specifically, the program looks to:

  • Change attitudes and behaviours regarding domestic and gender-based violence of men and women
  • Educate and engage young men and women via program activities
  • Encourage individual behaviour change
  • Foster and encourage role models that promote healthy behaviours and gender equality
  • Promote messaging around the prevention of violence.

For details, contact NRL Fiji Manager, Ema Levaci at


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