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The awardees, Mrs Merilyn Tahi, Mrs Myriam Malao and Mrs Kelma Naupa Ishmael, pictured in 2020

The Australian High Commission is inviting members of the public to nominate outstanding women for two awards to mark International Women’s Day 2021.

Winners will be announced by the Australian High Commissioner in a ceremony on 8 March 2021.

These awards are a long-standing joint initiative of the Lynch and Mataskelekele families and the Australian High Commission in Port Vila to recognise the leadership and contribution of women in Vanuatu society.

Nominations are invited for the following awards:

The Andy Lynch Award for Excellence in the Community Sector

Mrs Andy Lynch was a strong advocate for equality, particularly for people living with disability. For the Andy Lynch Award for Excellence in the Community Sector, members of the public are invited to nominate women who have demonstrated commitment to building stronger and more sustainable communities in Vanuatu.

The Hanson Mataskelekele Award for Women in Leadership

Mrs Hanson Mataskelekele was a teacher and former first lady who advanced women’s rights and women’s leadership. For the Hanson Mataskelekele Award for Women in Leadership, members of the public are invited to nominate women who have demonstrated ongoing strong skills in leadership.

To nominate someone for either award, one should outline in approximately 250 words why the nominee deserves the award and send the submission to the Public Affairs Team at the Australian High Commission either in writing to P.O. Box 111, Port Vila, or via email to [email protected]

Nominations for both awards close on Sunday 21 February 2021. The Public Affairs Team at the Australian High Commission can be contacted on 22777 if more information is required.

If an award winner is from outside Port Vila, the Australian High Commission will pay for their return fare to Port Vila to attend the award ceremony on 8 March.

International Women’s Day is recognised across the world as a day to celebrate the achievements of women and call for further action on gender equality.

The day helps promote and protect the equal rights of women and celebrate the courage and determination of women who play extraordinary roles in the community.


SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST