The 15th Conference of the Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW) ended last week at the Farea Pasifika at Mele Village outside of Port Vila after approving a wide-ranging 17-point set of resolutions aimed at strengthen the work of VNCW to better serve its purpose to help the women and girls of Vanuatu.

First of all, 1. VNCW endorsed the Outcome Statement Action 1-11 of the Women’s Leadership Influencing Forum of women in parliament which was presented to the government on May 15, 2018, the 38th Anniversary of VNCW.

2. VNCW to advocate for Gender Equality and empowerment of women and girls.

3. VNCW to advocate for additional laws to stop domestic violence. 4. Government to protect land on which government facilities such as schools, health and other services are located and improve accessibility of these services to the communities. 5. Government to improve infrastructures such as roads, wharves and airports.

6. VNCW to advocate to improve management of markets and small businesses of women in local products and business licenses for indigenous businesses to go direct to the provinces or municipalities and for the two institutions to pay 30% profit to the councils of women in those areas.

7. Government to improve telecommunications coverage in the islands.

8. Government to make laws to protect traditional language, mats and handicrafts and the need to protect the intellectual property rights of the women of Vanuatu.

9. VNCW to advocate in the community for respect of the environment for sustainability at all times and work together with Government and the Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) stakeholders.

10. Strengthen VNCW for the protection of all girls and women in accordance with CEDAW.

11. Government to strengthen the “Laws” which protect Drug-Free Vanuatu and the Vanuatu Christian Council (VCC) to advocate for good parenting of the Christian values in the homes and the communities.

12. VNCW must have a Newsletter to provide information to the Provinces and Area Councils.

13. VNCW endorsed the proposal for women to follow and direct the democratic political party (launched at the end of the Conference with the name Leleon Vanuatu Party).

14. VNCW to advocate for women’s rights to land.

15. VNCW and all national women’s machineries to improve their working relations.

16. The VNCW 15th National Conference held at the Farea Pasifika adopted a statement in support of the outcome statement Number 9 presented to the Government on May 15, 2018.

And 17. VNCW must review its structure with the aim of strengthening it at the national to the communities to ensure the provincial areas and municipal ward councils of women carry out their objectives.