Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately $11.9 million over 10 years (2012–2022) on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in Vanuatu. More information on the partnership and nature of support is included in the Pacific Women Vanuatu Country Plan Summary. Details on activities currently underway in-country with various partners is available via our interactive map. The list of program partners can be found here. Vanuatu is also supported by Pacific Women’s regional program, details of which can be viewed on the interactive map under regional activities.
Stories of Change
The Malampa Handicraft Centre is a local initiative that has become a vibrant and thriving place for producers to sell their handicrafts. It is looking to grow from a community run store within one province, to a sustainable and profitable social enterprise by 2020, facilitating domestic and international trade.READ MORE
In just over three years, UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project has made substantial progress towards achieving its outcomes. The best people to explain how the project is supporting different facets of women’s economic empowerment across three Pacific countries are the market vendors themselves.READ MORE
In Vanuatu, a life skills project working with adolescent girls and boys is showing promising results in changing attitudes towards violence against women. In Vanuatu, CARE’s Good Relationships Free from Violence project (part of GET) gives young people the support and information they need to make good choices in their relationships.READ MORE
Wan Smolbag has been performing issues-based theatre in Vanuatu since 1989. Through its theatre performances, films and television series, the group is in a unique position to influence community attitudes. The Australian aid program’s Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development initiative supports Wan Smolbag to create drama that encourages understanding and positive behaviour change towards gender equality.READ MORE