To commemorate the efforts of the people of Vanuatu, the Ministry of Justice and Community Services and Gender and Protection Cluster in partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has announced the launch of the annual Vanuatu Humanitarian Award.

This Award is to recognize the contributions of people from government, non-government organisations and the community in humanitarian response.

The 2019 Vanuatu Humanitarian Award is being linked to the 2019 World Humanitarian Day theme of Women Humanitarians.

This year, we are looking to acknowledge women and girl humanitarians who have been active during previous disasters.

To enter, nominees need to reflect on how their actions specifically contributed to assisting women, men, girls, boys and communities affected by disaster in Vanuatu.

Applicants can have contributed to response in any sector; however, their actions need to have been inclusive and supported access to services with safety, dignity and respect.

When you write your responses, some areas to reflect on are how your actions may have addressed issues including gender and the different needs of women, men, girls and boys; disability inclusion, child protection, violence against women and children, community participation, rights and protecting the most marginalized.

But, what does this mean?

Gender and protection in humanitarian work involves addressing the different needs of women, men, girls and boys. It also ensures that communities understand their rights, are involved in decision making and can access services safely and with dignity.

There is no one approach that works and we need to consider the different risks, vulnerabilities and capabilities that different people experience.

For example, we need to ensure that both host and evacuee communities understand plans, are consulted and participate in preparedness, response and early recovery activities.

We need to consider issues such as distance and safety which make it difficult for people with disabilities, women, children and the elderly to evacuate or collect food and water during emergencies.

We need to design toilet facilities in evacuation sites so they are inclusive, have lighting and privacy to increase access for people with disabilities, safety and dignity for communities. We also need to factor in income levels of different households which can affect access to shelter and land which is much needed to help people recover from disaster and resettle into new communities.

How to submit your nomination for the 2019 Vanuatu Humanitarian Award:

Who can apply: All women and girls who have been involved in humanitarian response to previous disasters.

Application deadline: September 19, 2019

Questions: Applicants need to answer four (4) questions

1. Name and contact details

  • Name
  • Phone (if you do not have a phone, please provide the number of a person who we are able to contact you through)
  • Email Address (if you have one)

2.Date (months and year), location and name of disaster (up to 100 words)

  • The year and months that you were involved in humanitarian response for this disaster
  • The location where you were responding to the disaster including province, island and villages
  • The type of disaster and name if it has one for e.g. Tropical Cyclone Pam, Ambae Manaro response

3. Describe your role and actions you participated in before, during or after this disaster (150 — 200 words).

  • Describe the type of work and activities that you undertook in humanitarian response
  • Include the stakeholders you worked with
  • Include your role or job title
  • If your role was part of your work at an organisation at the time, please also include the name of the organization for e.g. name of government department, NGO, community or faith based organization, youth group, mamas group

4. Describe how your actions assisted to protect women, men, girls, boys and communities and support them to access services during this disaster (150 — 200 words)

  • Describe who your actions assisted
  • Describe how your actions helped them


Handwritten: If your submission is hand-written, please contact the relevant officer in your province.


Postal Address:

Rachel Ores — Department of Women’s Affairs Desk Officer

Po Box 22, Lakatoro, Malekula, Malampa Province

Phone: 565 3822



Postal Address:

John Judah — Secretary General, Penama Province

Po Box 08

Loltong, North Pentecost, Penama Province

Phone: 5353517



Postal Address:

Gloria Tarileo — Department of Women’s Affairs Desk Officer

Based in Provincial Headquarters Luganville, Santo, Sanma Province

Phone: 533 4156



Postal Address:

Johnlyn Regenvanu — Gender and Protection Cluster Coordinator

Department of Women’s Affairs

Private Mail Bag 9091, Port Vila, Shefa Province

Phone: 544 7621



Postal Address:

Wendy Tomasi — Department of Women’s Affairs Desk Officer

PO Box 80, Isangel, Tanna, Tafea Province

Phone: 566 2004/ 734 7563



Postal Address:

Rockline Eldads — Department of Women’s Affairs Desk Officer

Based in Provincial Headquarters, Sola, Vanua Lava, Torba Province

Phone: 538 9528/ 539 4371


Email: If your submission is in soft copy, please submit via email to

If you have any difficulties with submitting your application or need assistance please contact the Department of Women’s Affairs on 33 100.