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In Australia: Bridget Isichei is available for interviews from 28 January to 9 February 2017. To receive a copy of Road No Good or to arrange an interview, please contact Sarah Blundell ( or Rex Finch (
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One woman’s passion to transform inequality in paradise

What happens when you want to leave your online life behind and search for a ‘real’ life experience?
You move to a poverty-stricken shantytown in a remote part of Vanuatu, an island paradise slowly being devoured by the ocean, where women have no status despite being the backbone of their communities.
Bridget Isichei, a young Generation X teacher from New Zealand wanted to change the status quo. Road No Good is her story about how she helped transform the women from remote villages on the island of Santo to create a future for their children.
Bridget soon discovered that in the local village hierarchy, women were ranked at the bottom of their society but men were seen as having God-given rights.
Bridget writes: ‘I really had no idea what I was in for when I accepted a two-year volunteer post to train women to be preschool teachers in a remote part of Vanuatu.
‘When I decided to enrol the women I was working with in a correspondence teaching course, I could never have predicted the fierce opposition my plan would face from every corner of the community. The outcry was uproarious; women should know their place – and know better than to try to improve themselves!
‘I was really amazed at the strength the women showed as they overcame huge challenges to get to our study group. I was also surprised at the numerous people in the community who couldn’t see the value of what we were doing, even to the point where I became sure some were trying to sabotage our chance of success.’


Road No Good by Bridget Isichei is published simultaneously in Australia and New Zealand on 1 February 2017 by Finch Publishing, Sydney. Retail price $29.99 (Aust) and $32.99 (NZ); colour photos; paperback;
ISBN 978 1925048 827

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