Partners & Projects

Read about the work we are doing with the support of our partners.

PARTNERS

CARE in Vanuatu

Sista and CARE have been working together as long term strategic allies in support of gender equality in Vanuatu since 2021. Sista has worked on three separate projects under the CARE Gender Equality Program, all supported by the Australian Aid Program. These projects include the Young Women’s Leadership Program through the Gender Equality Together (GET) program, the Girls Online! Cyber (GO! Cyber) project which aims to improve cyber safety and encourage safe online participation for young women and girls, and Vois Blong Mi (VBM), which aims to increase respect and safety for adolescent girls in their homes and communities and enable them to better exercise their rights. CARE has also supported Sista to strengthen its organisational development and to carry out advocacy work that aligns with its GET program. 

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We Rise Coalition

Sista’s feminist activism and movement building is supported by the We Rise Coalition. The We Rise Coalition is a partnership consisting of seven feminist organisations from across the Pacific region including Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (Fiji), femLINK (Fiji), Brown Girl Woke (Samoa), Voice for Change (Papua New Guinea), International Women’s Development Agency (Australia) and the Talitha Project (Tonga). Sista joined the coalition in 2021. 

The goal of the Coalition is to develop and strengthen feminist coalitions and partnerships in order to grow and uphold inclusive governance, equality, diversity, justice and women’s human rights. The Coalition joins strengths, resources and networks together towards a common vision that includes movement building to demand women realise their full potential and human rights. Our work is made possible with the support of the Australian government. 

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FRIDA Fund

Sista is in its second year grant cycle with the FRIDA Fund, which supported the ‘Strong Mama’ program, an initiative that empowered single mothers through arts and self and collective care. 

The FRIDA Fund provides young feminist organisers with resources to amplify their voices and bring attention to social justice issues they care about. FRIDA enables support, flexibility and networks to sustain young feminist visions. 

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Spotlight Initiative

​​In 2021, Sista received a grant from the Spotlight Initiative. The Spotlight Initiative is so named as it brings focused attention to the issue of violence against women and girls, moving it into the spotlight and placing it at the centre of efforts to achieve gender equality and women’s empowerment. This is a global, multi-year initiative supported by the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN).

Sista partnered with HCDI to implement a project focused on storytelling – “talanoa” or “storian” -, which is an embedded part of Pacific culture and Indigenous cultures generally, as an alternative, effective tool for raising GBV awareness and promoting change. A key activity was working with male champions  of change on an advocacy campaign for 16 Days of Activism and developing a website that houses GBV resources from all stakeholders in Vanuatu. 

Spotlight Initiative

Vanuatu Daily Post

The Vanuatu Daily Post has been a key ally and partner of Sista since its establishment in 2016. Our ongoing collaboration includes the popular Sista Gat Style that is printed every month in the Life and Style magazine and the regular cross sharing of gender-related news onto our news section of the website.

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ABCID

Over the years, Sista has worked with ABC International Development on several projects including 16 Days of Activism campaigns, GO! Cyber project with CARE and The Roundtable’ podcast with the We Rise Coalition. ABCID has also provided media and communications training and mentorship to Sista team members. 

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Other Partners

Sista has worked with various partners, donors and supporters throughout the years including HCDI, VPride, IsraAid, Alliance Francaise, New Zealand High Commission through the ‘Sista Stanap Strong’ anthology book launch, Vanuatu Skills Partnership, Olsem Wanem, Groovy Banana, Polinet, Island Reach, Evangelical Church of Hesse Electorate-Waldeck, Gaston Chocolat, Solwota Sista and Royal Caribbean Cruises, as well as private individuals and business houses. Our government allies are the Department of Women’s Affairs, Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Education.

Projects

Maintenance of Children Act legislation review

PPAC


‘Celebrating Women in Public Service’ exhibition

‘Nation-Builders – Celebrating Women in Public Service’ booklet

BOP

‘How would you address VAWG on public transport?’ essay competition

Ministry of Education

‘Yumi Stanap’

16 DOA campaign

‘Powerful and Playful’

IWD exhibition

‘Rod Blong Jenis’

16 DOA campaign

‘Rispek Hemi Honorobol’

16 DOA campaign

Yumi Gat Style Fashion Show

Ambassade de France

Vanuatu Feminist Libary

“Girls who read become women who succeed.”’

The Vanuatu Feminist Library was established in 2018 by activist Stephanie Ephraim Lekal, who wanted to see Ni-Vanuatu women and men learn about feminism, sexism and gender equality and recognise how these issues affected both women and men. Through the library, people can empower themselves with knowledge to create an inclusive Vanuatu. 

The Sista office maintains the library which features a growing collection of English and French books. Please come visit our office above Chuan Store, Freswota and become a member to borrow a book. We also welcome donations.

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Sista Stanap Strong Anthology

Sista, Stanap Strong! is an anthology of new writing from Vanuatu by three generations of women – and the first of its kind. With poetry, fiction, essay, memoir, and song, its narrative arc stretches from the days of blackbirding to Independence in 1980 to Vanuatu’s coming of age in 2020.

The anthology is edited by Mikaela Nyman and Rebecca Tobo Olul-Hossen. To purchase your copy, order online or email [email protected] to place an order.

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