Thursday 7 December 2023 was an empowering half-day for the team at Sista, as we challenged the perceptions of victim-blaming at our ‘I NOGAT EKSKIUS’ event!
We kicked off with a Keynote address by Claire McFarlane where she shared her incredible survival story. Through her nonprofit project, Footsteps to Inspire, she spreads awareness and sparks conversations to end sexual violence by running 16km on every beach globally – Vanuatu marked her 60th country. Claire McFarlane is a true inspiration and we’re grateful to have had her join us for this discussion.
Local experts and Gender Based Violence survivors, including Superintendent Iaken Ampen, Shanna Ligo of World Vision Vanuatu, Stephanie Ephraim, a survivor, and Peter Walker, Creative director of Wan Smol Bag, engaged in a powerful panel discussion where they dismantled myths and perceptions of victim-blaming.
The audience, inspiring young men and women, participated in a Q&A session fostering inter-generational and peer-to-peer dialogue after the panel discussion.
The discussion covered:
  • Theory and Context of Victim Blaming in Vanuatu
  • Impacts and Trauma of Victim Blaming
  • Excuses from Society When Women Experience Violence
  • Causes of Victim Blaming
  • Real-life Experiences of Victims on Victim Blaming
Special thanks to our collaborators, Stretem Rod blong Jastis and CARE in Vanuatu for making this impactful event possible. A big thank you to Senei Mahuk for her continuous support with Sista!
And tankio tumas Eliza Mondou, one of our very own Young Women’s Leadership Program Alumni, for moderating the panel discussion.