As the world celebrates International Women’s Day (IWD) today, the Vanuatu Daily Post bids farewell to its series of inspiring profiles on women from diverse backgrounds. Today, on this momentous occasion, the spotlight shines on Mrs. Rima Vurobaravu, Vanuatu’s esteemed First Lady.

Hailing from the island of Malo in SANMA Province, Mrs. Vurobaravu, aged 56, is not only a devoted mother to four children but also a proud grandmother to two granddaughters.

Her journey alongside her husband, Mr. Nikenike Vurobaravu, the Head of State, has been marked by a deep engagement with diplomacy and service to the nation.

Before assuming the role of First Lady, Mrs. Vurobaravu navigated the realm of diplomacy as the wife of a United Nations (UN) diplomat in 2005. Subsequently, when Mr. Vurobaravu was appointed as Vanuatu’s Commissioner to Fiji in 2015, she wholeheartedly embraced the responsibilities that came with being the partner of a diplomat.

Immersed in the diplomatic world, she picked up on invaluable insights into protocol and international relations during their tenure in Fiji.

Transitioning into her role as First Lady in 2022 following Mr. Vurobaravu’s presidency, Mrs. Vurobaravu’s commitment to service remained unwavering.

Her experiences, from her tenure at the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) for 8 years when she was younger, to ANZ Bank for over 20 years have equipped her with a multifaceted perspective on leadership and community engagement.

Reflecting on her journey, Mrs. Vurobaravu acknowledges the challenges inherent in her position, particularly in adapting to heightened security measures upon entering the State House.

However, despite initial adjustments, she recognises the necessity of stringent security protocols, underscoring their importance in safeguarding the integrity of the state.

In her capacity as First Lady, Mrs. Vurobaravu emphasises the significance of understanding the responsibilities that accompany the position.

Serving as a beacon of grace and diplomacy, she stands alongside her husband, representing Vanuatu on the global stage with dignity and poise.

As the world commemorates IWD, Mrs. Vurobaravu shares her vision for the future with the Vanuatu Daily Post, announcing plans to move into the new State House and host future celebrations, uniting women from all walks of life.

Her dedication to empowering women and strengthening international relations underscores her commitment to a brighter, more inclusive future for Vanuatu.

In closing, the First Lady extends her warmest greetings to women across Vanuatu, from the Provinces of TORBA to TAFEA, wishing them a joyous IWD today.

As we celebrate the achievements of women everywhere, Mrs. Vurobaravu stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations to come.