The official launching by the First Lady Mrs Obed Moses Tallis, with Women representatives from each island of Tafea (L to R): Olivia William (Aneityum) Ms Jennifer Kausei (President of TWN) Ms Melinda Natapei (Futuna) Mrs Anita Koanapo (Minister of Finance’s wife) Ms Elizabeth Naupa Pechan (Erromango) and Ms Jennifer Manua (Aniwa).

TAFEA Women in Port Vila have united to establish the Tafea Women’s Network (TWN) Association.

The network was officially launched on Thursday, 15 July 2021 by first Lady, Mrs Obed Moses Tallis during a dinner night in Port Vila. The event was witnessed by more than 60 members of the network from Erromango, Aniwa, Tanna, Futuna and Aneityum.

At the launch, key speakers from TAFEA also gave encouraging, empowering and motivational speeches to help women work together and grow the network. Key speakers included the First Lady, Estella Obed Moses Tallis, Mrs Lidcha Nanuman, Mrs Ketty Dan Napwatt, Mrs Meriam Numake and Ms Anna Naupa.

“This network is like a seed and for it to grow to its maturity stage, it must undergo certain processes. Growth and development must go through a process. It must have the right environment, it must thrive to grow… and this is why I am rest assured that given the time, capacity and resources TWN will grow,” said Mrs Nanuman.

The purpose of the network is to establish and maintain an association to promote and facilitate Tafea women in Vanuatu. The charitable organisation brings together women of TAFEA living in Port Vila with the objective of networking together to make a difference to our communities and outreach to all women Tafea throughout Vanuatu.

President of TWN, Ms Jennifer Kausei said the network will not work in isolation from other Tafea associations, including Tafea province but will work together to build Tafea.

“The network will work in partnership with other TAFEA organisations or women networks who share a similar goal which is to assist and develop our communities of TAFEA or wherever we are. There are TAFEA women or community associations within and outside TAFEA and we respect that. We hope to build partnership with them and work in collaboration because when we improve the livelihood of our women and children, we are empowering and assisting families, communities, island and Province at large. The plan is to establish and strengthen the network in Port Vila before it could expand to Tafea province and other provinces,” said Ms Kausei.

The executive wishes to thank everyone who attended the launch event and welcomes all women from TAFEA province, including those who are married to TAFEA men to join and contribute to develop and empower women, whilst working in partnership within existing networks.