After a well-deserved break, the team at Sista are back and ready to start the new year!
January was spent reflecting on the lessons learnt from last year while preparing and planning for the amazing new projects ahead – keep an eye open for what’s about to come.
We are very excited to announce that we are starting up the Round Table podcast! With a new energetic host – Ms Jarah Mania, we are certain that our upcoming episodes will be worth listening to. Make sure to tune in to our first episode where Jarah explores an uncommon menstrual product here in Vanuatu.
This month was also #CervicalCancerAwareness month! Our Facebook platform was filled with information on the importance of women getting tested for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) and the clinics available that can support this. If you, or anyone you know, wants to get tested, head down to Vila Central Hospital (next to the Dental Clinic) or call +678 7789381/5007886. #YumiDetectemEarly #YumiPreventemEarly
Vanuatu Women’s Centre most recent publication, “Thirty Years of the Vanuatu Women’s Centre: Her Story”, documents the organisation’s journey through the memories and experiences of over 60 former and current staff and supporters. It is now available to read and download ONLINE here! (https://devpolicy.org/thirty-years-of-the-vanuatu-womens-centre-her-story-20230125/ )
Sista has an exciting opportunity to bring on a Finance & Admin Officer!
The successful applicant will be responsible to monitor, control and develop operational budgets, manage, and track administrative tasks and help support the Finance Manager and Executive Director to plan Donor budget proposals.
Applications CLOSE Monday 20 FEBRUARY 2023!
Read the full Role Description and Apply HERE (https://www.wokikik.com/2023/02/finance-admin-senior-officer.html?fbclid=IwAR3MAyUUClsT0i1SAxVx3mj4GBeK0G-tcK7Ah3lSWKb78dPvTjo755q2Qxc)
Florida Tumulango – Sista Gat Style, Vanuatu Daily Post
For our #SistaGatStyle January edition we celebrated the fabulous Ms Florida Tumulango!!
Florida’s eagerness to help others is shown through the remarkable work she does in her community and personal life. Her warm smile and bubbly personality perfectly complements her gracious confidence as she reminds us to enjoy and live in the moment. From studying part-time to working full-time, all while maintaining a social life, she also shows us how determination and motivation plays an important role on how to get where you want to be in life.
National Feminist Report Narrative Report – We Rise Coalition
The project team attempted a narrative report for the first time for the national feminist forum last year which was supported by We Rise Coalition and submitted to the Executive Director to make final edits before sending it through.
Preparation for We Rise Coalition Strategic Retreat
Sista will finally be meeting it’s partners from the We Rise Coalition in Fiji in February. The Executive Director and Comms and Advocacy Coorindator are planning their travels and doing their readings to prepare to meet our partners face to face and do some collective strategic planning!
Balance of Power Meeting – Nation Builders II: Celebrating Women in the Private Sector
The project supported by Balance of power (BOP) is about celebrating women in private sectors as part of the national builder’s second booklet. With that the Executive Director, the Advocacy and Communication Coordinator and the Project Coordinator attended a meeting with the BOP team on 25th January to identify the first steps and draft the call out for the nominations. We are excited to roll this project out and most importantly, celebrate the many amazing women who are contributing to the development of Vanuatu.
Koteka Wenda Visit
The team at Sista was fortunate to meet with Koteka Wenda, daughter of Benny Wenda, the Global Lobbyist for the freedom of West Papua and now Interim President of United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP). We listened to her story and are truly inspired by the work she’s doing and the vision she has to represent West Papua! We see you Melanesian siSTAR
Menstrual Health Management and Menstrual Products Project – Ambassade de France
The Ambassade de France has supported Sista to carry out a project which focuses on Menstrual Health Management and the different menstrual products available to women in Vanuatu, in particular the menstrual cup. This project will contribute to the study to identify preferred sanitary hygiene products in Vanuatu and other menstrual hygiene management (MHM) items to include in a local MHM kit.
The RoundTable Podcast – Host Recruitment
The Communications team at Sista spent the first few weeks back from their holiday speaking with several women who showed interest in our Call Out last year for the Host of the RoundTable podcast. After a few storians, and trial-recordings, we are glad to introduce our new host for the RoundTable podcast, Ms Jarah Mania! The team at Sista is excited to have her join the team and can’t wait for you all to hear her bubbly personality and determination to empower more young women through this podcast.
Keep an eye out for our first episode where Jarah explores the benefits of using a Menstrual Cup and discussing Menstrual Health Management in Vanuatu! #AleYumiStorian
First meeting Women Deliver Conference 2023
The Women Deliver Conference will be held in Kigali, Rwanda from 17 – 20 July. The Executive Director is honored to have been selected into the Women Deliver 2023 Oceanic Pacific Regional Committee to prepare for the conference which will see thousands of decision-makers from diverse fields, including civil society, government, the private sector, and international agencies, alongside women’s rights organizations and movements, youth-led and LGBTQIA+ organizations, and advocates representing the intersectional identities of girls, women, and underrepresented populations in order to identify solutions, bolster accountability, and drive change.
A series of virtual and in-person meetings will be held in lead up to the conference to ensure our Pacific voices are raised and priorities centered!
Finance and Admin Strengthening
The Finance & Admin team started the New Year by strengthening our Finance system with the amazing support from our Finance Consultant, Marilou Cajot – Thank you Marilou! The team also received the first tranche from the Frida Fund for the team at Sista and despite the whole team slowly pacing themselves this month, the Finance team managed to submit their first Finance report to CARE – yay!
The Finance team is also pleased to announce that we’ve officially signed a partnership agreement with Balance of Power (BOP) and we are looking forward to working closely with them this year. A massive thanks and tote of appreciation to CARE as they paid the Police Clearance and Insurance forms for the whole team. And the team finally shipped the original receipts from the National Feminist Forum last year, to Fiji – this may not seem like a big deal to some people but for those in the finance world you know it is!
We are also happy to have all our team members start the year with new diaries and more stationary to jot down tasks and reminders – lets go 2023!