Through Pacific Women, Australia has committed $11.9 million over 10 years (2012–2022) to advance the status of women in Vanuatu.
Country Plans are the mechanism through which Pacific Women outcomes and activities are planned and agreed between DFAT and counterpart governments, following extensive national consultations. They provide detail on what will be funded and how these funding decisions are made. The first Vanuatu Country Plan (2013–2016) delivered activities totalling $3.98 million. Through the Vanuatu Country Plan Review and Reflection Workshop in April 2016, five foundational activities were identified for future implementation from 2016 to 2019. These represent a mix of funding and technical support through bilateral and regional initiatives, to benefit ni-Vanuatu women across the political, economic and social spheres of their lives.
The Vanuatu Country Plan (Phase 2) seeks to strike a balance between expansion and exploration. It funds activities where there is clear evidence of need and where capable organisations are available to implement activities effectively. It also supports assessments in areas where less is known about women’s circumstances, the will and capacity of relevant actors, or effective solutions to gender inequality within the Vanuatu context.
The Vanuatu Country Plan Review identified that significant barriers remain for women in Vanuatu and recommended that the Vanuatu Country Plan be extended for three years. The second Vanuatu Country Plan focuses on:
- working with and influencing the Vanuatu government to implement its National Gender Equality Policy
- further developing a roadmap for undertaking progressive and systemic change to achieve gender equality in Vanuatu and ensuring that government and civil society are supported to work in partnership to own and progress this roadmap
- an ongoing program of knowledge development that is supported through research and monitoring and evaluation.
In addition to Pacific Women, DFAT makes an important contribution to gender equality in Vanuatu through mainstreaming gender outcomes in the aid program, as well as through political, diplomatic and corporate activities.
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- Date Published: January 14, 2019