FEMINISM AND WOMEN’S RIGHTS
FEMINIST: Wan we hemi sapotem ol semak raet blong ol man mo woman mo hemi sapotem ol wokbaot blong leftemap ol raet blong ol woman.
In this space you will discover who is working to progress gender equality in Vanuatu and the key initiatives and projects that contribute to building the women’s movement.
Learn more about Vanuatu’s commitments to gender equality and what we can do together to build happy families, strong communities and a resilient Vanuatu by promoting women’s rights.
“Your voice is your power. If you doubt the power of your voice, look at what they try to do to silence it.”
When we understand that our words shape our world, we understand the power of speaking out and creating our own narrative, instead of letting the patriarchy decide our stories for us. Learn more about women’s rights and feminism in Vanuatu through the bold opinions of those using the written word to challenge the patriarchy and advocate for a more gender inclusive society.
Join the movement by sending us your opinions and views, and let’s shape a world that has space for all of us!
Initiatives and Projects
Learn about the agencies and organisations working towards the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights in Vanuatu. Discover key initiatives and projects.
International Women’s Day
International Women’s Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality and has been celebrated for over a century. Find out more about local initiatives in this space.
The Triennial Conference of Pacific Women
The Triennial Conference of Pacific Women happens every three years and convenes decision-makers, development partners, research institutions and civil society organisations from across the Pacific to sustain the momentum and accelerate progress towards gender equality in the Pacific. The Conference is followed by the Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women. Learn about Vanuatu’s commitments in this space and our action steps moving forward.
16 Days of Activism
The 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. It is used as an organizing strategy by individuals and organizations around the world to call for the prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls. Find out what stakeholders in Vanuatu are doing during this annual campaign.
The Pacific Feminist Forum
The Pacific Feminist Forum brings diverse women from across the Pacific to share knowledge and experiences, celebrate achievements and strategise for collective action to achieve women’s human rights. The first forum was held in 2016, followed by another in 2019 and the next forum will be held virtually and in respective countries in 2022. Learn about how Vanuatu is strategizing in this space.
Sista i Shine
Get inspired by women who are committed to becoming the best version of themselves and are SHINING! These women may come from diverse backgrounds but they have one thing in common – they are making the most of their talents and stepping up to their potential.
If she can succeed – so can you!
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It is held every March in the UN headquarters in New York.
The CSW is instrumental in promoting women’s rights, documenting the reality of women’s lives throughout the world, and shaping global standards on gender equality and the empowerment of women. The CSW takes a leading role in monitoring and reviewing progress and problems in the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and in mainstreaming a gender perspective in UN activities. Find out how Vanuatu is progressing against gender equality.
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