Sista Essay Competition 2020 Vanuatu

Sista Essay Competition 2020 Vanuatu

Economic empowerment of women is a ‘development game changer’ because when more women participate in either the formal or informal economy, their families, communities and countries become wealthier.

This empowerment requires removing barriers such as discriminatory laws, changing social and cultural norms that expect women to take on the lion’s share of home and family care, and doing much more to address the drivers and causes of gender inequality, exclusion and vulnerability. (SOURCE: Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Pacific, SPC)

To celebrate Sista’s 4th birthday, we are holding an essay competition with amazing gifts from women-owned and women-led businesses. Thank you so much to these #BossLadies for their generosity and solidarity, especially during these times of COVID19 and TC Harold.

The essay question has two components:

What are two major barriers that hinder women’s economic empowerment in Vanuatu and how can this be addressed? And why is women’s economic empowerment fundamental to the development of Vanuatu?

To help you develop your answer, we are going to share with you a paper prepared by SPC for the 13th Triennial Conference of Pacific Women and 6th Meeting of Pacific Ministers for Women that was held in Fiji in 2017:

For extra reference, you can visit this page to hear about the experiences of participants from Vanuatu who attended the Triennial:

Happy writing siSTAR!

Terms and Conditions

  • Essay is open to any age or gender (within Vanuatu)
  • Participant must LIKE Sista page and share post to be in the entry
  • Essay must be less than 500 words
  • Deadline for submission is 12th May
  • Winners will be announced on National Women’s Day (15th May)
  • Answers are to be sent to

Thank you to the amazing women and their businesses that have supported this essay competition:

1. Lotus Day Spa: Full Body Scrub and One Hour Massage Voucher

Lotus Day Spa and Café offers spa treatments and an affordable café in a French provincial house amongst a tropical garden. Managed by Nicole Barett and a team of amazing women hospitality workers and beauty therapists.

For more info:

2. Île De Coco: Voucher worth 7000vt

Île De Coco (Vanuatu Boutique) is a locally owned boutique, headed by Mel Tavner. It is an exciting fashion boutique that aims to provide formal, smart, classic, yet affordable clothes for all.

For more info:

3. Jeannick Qualo Jewellery: 2 earrings and a necklace

Hand made jewellery by local artist Jeannick Qualao, who is known for making exquisite accessories, including fascinators.

4. Tehya Skye Vanuatu: Body scrub, lip scrub, facial scrub, facial oil

A holistic self care skin range, individually handmade by Chanelle Bjornum using natural elements and the luxurious oils of the South Pacific #vanuatu.

For more info:

5. Ezi Eats: 20 cupcakes

Established by Heidi Laycock, Ezi Eatz is about making eating easy for individuals, families and for school lunches or for private functions.

For more info:

6. Influence Bio Concept: Voucher worth 5000vt

 A home décor and food store owned by Charlotte Traverso that includes organic, conscious and environmentally friendly products with perfect gifts for everyone.

For more info:

7. Lemongrass: Box and flower voucher

Flower bouquets, wreaths, event set ups, handmade boxes, hair accessories – Bev Karae has got the magic touch to turn everything beautiful.

For more info:

8. Pretty Nails Vanuatu: Manicure and pedicure voucher

Launched in November 2019 by Mariah Nasak, who turned love of pretty nails into a small business, Pretty Nails Vanuatu offers manicure and pedicure services and looking to extend to facials and hair services.

For more info:

9. Aelan Curls: Big bottle

Handmade natural hair products perfect for aelan girls by Devnie Bani Ryves

For more info:

 10. EAU DES ÎLES: Perfume

EAU DES ÎLES is an artisan, boutique perfume house based in Vanuatu capturing the essence of the South Pacific Islands through the art of perfumery. Owned by Lee Anne Sackett.

For more info:

11. The Kava House Vanuatu: 50g Kava Powder, Kava Cookie, Kavahouse tea towel and calico bag, Kava Discovery Tour Voucher for 2 pax

Kavahouse is a kava export facility located on Mele Road focusing on the production of dried raw and powdered kava. It is fully locally owned and operated. Julia King is also the Chair of Vanuatu Women In Sports (VANWIS).

For more info:

12. Mama Joy Oil : 2 bottles coconut oil

 Mama Joy Melanesian Oil  serves her customers with quality Coconut Oil used for pharmaceutical and Cosmetics

13. WEAV: hand weaved pandanus hat

 Women’s Export Association Vanuatu (WEAV) is a membership based organisation supporting the export and services of women owned enterprises in Vanuatu. Winner will get their own hand made hat by Serah Tari with precise measurements.

For more info:

14. Especially Local: Pandanus purse

Especially Local is a brand focused on promoting local products supplied to us by local talented artisans and producers who make a living through their skills passed down from one generation to another or acquired during this modern era. Managed by Serah Tari.

For more info:

15. Fashion HerBag & Many More: Voucher

Online and offline boutique selling women’s and men’s accessories, owned by Winny Marango.

For more info:

 First, second and third prize winners will be selected and announced on National Women’s Day (15 May). Prizes will be categorized prior to announcement.