‘Rural Women and Girls building Climate Resilience’ is the global theme of this year’s 6th International Day for Rural Women celebrated at Teouma Six Star community.

On October 15, the grand celebration ended with the passing of a fire stick to the next community who will host the 2020 International Day for Rural Women.

This year’s host was the Six Star Community who represented rural women from all six provinces living in Teoma and women from the Vaturisu Council of Chiefs who are members of the Silae Vanua Market Vendors Association that grew out of the UN Women’s Market for Change (M4C) Program.

The handing over of the fire stick was given to the Chief representative of the Saumaro Association in Moso Island, Chief Matuele Dolu.

Moso Island was the preceding host for the 2018 celebration and will become the next host for 2020’s festivity.

This year’s program was a success, with productive workshops and informative awareness conducted to help build sustainable skills in ensuring food security, reducing health risks and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

Vice President of the Silae Vanua Market Vendors Association, Josephine Fred Gideon said with the amazing turnout of the day, “it was a breakthrough to see rural women who are farmers partaking in activities that promotes women engagement and empowerment in their existing communities.”

A hand of gratitude is extended towards the partners, sponsors and supporters of the event: The Vatirisu Council of Chiefs, Shefa Provincial Government Council, Port Vila Municipal Council, Shefa Health Office, Anolyn Lulu, Niel Vira, Dr. Basil Leodoro, Wan Smolbag Youth Center, CWM Church, Teouma Six Star Association and Community, Black Island Media Production, Vanuatu Mobile Force, UNDP, UN Women, Telecom Vanuatu Limited, Vanuatu Family Health Association, Government of Vanuatu, Australian Government and Government of Canada.