The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) celebrated International Women’s Day (IWD) on Monday 4 March 2024 with a focus on women in education leadership, promoting a spirit of empowerment and gender inclusivity among its staff.

IWD, observed annually on 8 March, recognises women’s social, economic, cultural, and political achievements and serves as a call to action for gender equality.

The MoET’s National Program Coordinator, Mrs. Marie Jonah, welcomed participants to the Ministry’s celebrations, using the occasion to highlight the significance of empowering women in education and draw attention to the Ministry’s establishment Provincial Women in Education Leadership Networks to support female principals.

Mrs. Jonah noted the Gender Study Report’s finding regarding the importance of women leaders having a supportive environment that enables them to succeed.

“On this International Women’s Day, we reflect on the progress made and the work that lies ahead,” she said.

“The Gender Study Report underlines the importance of fostering an environment where women in leadership positions can thrive,” Mrs Jonah said, “The creation of Provincial Women in Education Leadership Networks is a testament to our commitment to supporting and empowering women across the education sector in Vanuatu.”

Mr. Wilson Toa, the Country Director of Balance of Power, served as the event’s key speaker, introducing discussions on empowering MoET staff to champion women in leadership. He shared insights and strategies to facilitate a more inclusive environment, fostering the growth and development of women within the education sector.

“Empowering women in leadership is not just a goal but a shared responsibility. By collectively working towards creating an inclusive and supportive environment, we enable the education sector to harness the full potential of its talented workforce,” Mr. Toa said.

“Together, we can cultivate a future where women thrive in leadership positions, contributing significantly to the advancement of our education system.”

The MoET is committed to creating a workplace that values and promotes diversity, ensuring equal opportunities for professional growth. International Women’s Day serves as a salient reminder of the importance of collaborative efforts in achieving gender equality, not only within the Ministry but throughout Vanuatu’s educational landscape.