Further Arts successfully ran Women’s Leadership Skills Workshops in Luganville, Santo, from March 15 to 19, 2021.

The workshops were part of the ‘Wivim Nesen Tugeta’ (WNT) project funded by the Commonwealth Foundation. The project initiative supports and encourages women in villages, communities, provinces and national level, into leadership roles and managing challenges they may face in those roles.

The SANMA workshops had 43 women and one male participants. Further Arts and WNT partnered with the Santo Apostolic Church and Northern Islands Market Vendors Association to create a safe space for the mostly women participants to share their experiences, ideas and suggestions about women’s participation in leadership in Vanuatu.

“This workshop helped me realise that as a leader, I have weaknesses. (It showed) me pathways to understand how to move out from my weaknesses and strengthen my life as a leader,” 73-year-old Daisy Brian said.

For some of the women participants it was the first time in their lives that they attended this type of leadership workshop. All participants came from the North, South, East and West Coast of Santo.

“This leadership workshop has shown me new ways to go and also helped me focus on my goal to be a woman leader,” Stella Giovanni, 38, said.

‘Wivim Nasen Tugeta’ and Further Arts are grateful to the Santo Police Force in Luganville for their contribution to the workshops, with an acknowledgment of the Santo Apostolic Church for providing a safe place for women to share their experiences and challenges.