Twenty-six participants from the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) have participated in a workshop on gender analysis.

The objectives of the workshop were to identify current challenges and barriers to women being successful in gaining leadership and decision-making positions, provide participants with gender analysis skills and develop a Term of References for the MoET Women’s Leadership Network. It further developed participants’ skills in conducting gender analysis. A baseline survey was also included to provide specific inputs for the Women’s Leadership Network further development, including identifying any weaknesses, strengths and opportunities that can be understood in order to strengthen the network.

The MoET Women’s Leadership Network was created in 2016. It includes senior MoET officers as well as a number of primary school principals. The network has strengthened over the last three years and its members were delighted to welcome the facilitator Glenn Davies, the Vanuatu Education Support Program (VESP) Gender Disability Social Inclusion technical advisor. VESP provides support to the MoET and is funded by the Governments of Australia and Vanuatu.

A participant commented, “I am looking forward to being involved in the Ministry of Education and Training Women’s Leadership Network in the coming years. It helps me a lot in my role as a female primary school principal”.

The Ministry’s Gender Focal officer, Dawn Reuben said, “The women in this network are looking forward to playing a key role in providing advice for the Ministry on policies, processes and conditions which can support and inspire more women in leadership in the Ministry.”

The Ministry of Education and Training is proud to support Gender Equity and encourage women into education leadership roles.