On Thursday 14th September, Em Pawa Hour on Capitol FM107 featured Regina Iakula, responsible for data registration at the National Youth Council, and Yasmine Björnum, founder of Sista magazine, to discuss youth economic empowerment.


Hosty Faithy led the discussions where Regina reflected on the successful International Youth Day Celebrations that was held at Lakatoro, Malekula the week before. More than 350 Youth delegates from around Malampa including Port Vila, Shefa, Luganville and Sanma attended the event. The theme for this year was “Youth Building Peace through Economic Empowerment” with a focus on agriculture. Next year Port Vila will be hosting the International Celebration of Youth Day.


Regina also discussed the barriers that young women face to achieving youth economic empowerment. This included:

  • Culture
  • Gender role stereotype
  • Lack of Family support
  • Limited spaces in training
  • Lack of child friendy spaces at work and training spaces
  • Lack of capital to build businesses


Regina encouraged youth who are aspiring entrepreneurs to join the Young Entrepreneur Network and to visit the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce to find out about trainings and how to move forward with any business ideas.

Yasmine shared her thoughts on how young women and men shouldn’t seek to find a job, but instead to follow their passion and to create a job for themselves and be their own boss.

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