All civil society and NGO representatives, government partners, private sectors and other community members interested in gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are invited to attend a Post-Triennial Forum at the Farea Pasifika, Le Lagon, Port Vila on Thursday 30 November at 8.30am.

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Vanuatu delegates Sabrina Brown from Vanuatu Young Women for Change, Julia Marango from CARE Vanuatu, Cedric Paniel from Oxfam, Joyce Napuat from World Vision, John Ezra from the Prime Ministers Officer and Director Doresday Kenneth from Department of Women’s Affairs represented Vanuatu at the Triennial Conference in Fiji in October. Photo: Yasmine Bjornum/ActionAid

This forum is a follow up event of the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women, a regional conference which took place in Suva, Fiji from 2-6 October 2017.

The Vanuatu Civil Society delegates to the Triennial Conference included representatives from the Vanuatu Women’s Centre, Vanuatu Young Women 4 Change, World Vision, ActionAid, Oxfam, CARE Vanuatu, V-Pride, UN Women, Market Vendor Association, Vanuatu Society for People with Disability and the Vanuatu Mama’s English Class.

The Vanuatu Government delegation included representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office and the Department of Women’s Affairs. The conference gave delegates insight into regional policy on gender equality and women’s human rights to share back with other civil society partners in Vanuatu through the Post-Triennial Forum.

“This forum provides an important space for all women and men in Vanuatu passionate about gender equality to come together, learn about the regional and national gender equality policies and talk to together about how we can put policy into practice to help make gender equality in Vanuatu a reality” said Megan Chisholm, CARE Vanuatu Country Director.

The delegation of civil society representatives and government representatives who attended the Triennial Conference in Suva are hosting this forum to share learning from the conference and discuss how we can work together to advance gender equality in Vanuatu.

The meeting will develop a timeline of Vanuatu’s journey towards gender equality, hear back from delegates about the Triennial Conference and the regional and national gender equality policies that guide our work towards gender equality. Conference participants will discuss the way forward together to advance implementation of gender equality policies.

The Post-Triennial Forum on Thursday will be hosted by CARE Vanuatu, which also hosted a Pre-Triennial Consultation with Vanuatu civil society and NGO representatives, government partners, private sector and other community members in September to enable the delegation to represent the broad views of Vanuatu’s key stakeholders.