As International Women’s Day (IWD) approaches, the Vanuatu Daily Post delves into the lives of women from diverse backgrounds. Today we spotlight Elvira Cullwick Bulu, a 40-year-old teacher with a compelling story to share.

Hailing from a mixed heritage, Mrs. Bulu is half Ifira, half Maewo, married to North Pentecost with 4 children, who exemplifies the modern woman’s balancing act. For a decade, she has dedicated herself to teaching English, Social Science, and Religious Education at Vila North School shaping young minds with passion and dedication.

In addition to her role as a teacher, Mrs. Bulu is embarking on a remarkable journey as a third-year law student at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Emalus campus.

When asked about managing the demands of motherhood, work, and studies, she credits her unwavering support system, particularly her spouse, for enabling her to navigate this complex dance of responsibilities.

Reflecting on her past, she stated that she didn’t belief in herself during her youth, therefore, if she could journey back in time and offer counsel to her younger self, Mrs. Bulu emphasised that she would urge her to believe in herself.

Addressing women and young girls, she shared a word of encouragement, asserting that they possess the ability to achieve anything through determination. “When you hit an obstacle, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep moving forward. If today was a bad day, tomorrow will be better. Remain positive and know that with God nothing is impossible, he is always there to see you through the storms,” she said.

As we celebrate the achievements and resilience of Ni- Vanuatu Women this IWD, Mrs. Bulu’s story reminds us that with determination, support, and faith in God, anything is possible.