The Women Against Crime and Corruption (WACC) organisation has organised a Human Rights Defender Consultation meeting yesterday at Golden Port in Port Vila.

The meeting involved various human rights activists and defenders such as Vanuatu Young Women for Change, Family Association, Single Women Association, Tongoa Shepherds Women Association, Vanuatu Widows Association, Port Vila City Council of Women, Vanuatu Human Rights Coalition, and others.

The aim of the meeting was to voice their concerns as human rights defenders to create a human rights security and protection framework in the country to help them tackle the different issues they face individually.

According to WACC chairlady, Mrs. Jenny Ligo, this consultation workshop is important as it will ensure that human rights activists and defenders feel secure in carrying out their works.

Ms Anne Pakoa, the founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Vanuatu Human Rights Coalition, expressed gratitude to WACC for organising this meeting, stating that it is good to see different human rights activists standing together in solidarity to address the issues they face.

“Not just for human rights defenders, but also for those who can fall easily into the abuses of human rights,” she added.

She further shed light on a common issue that most of them face which is financial support.

“This is an issue that needs to be addressed, because human rights defence and activism is something that Vanuatu really needs…because we are fighting corruption,” she said.

The consultation served not only to bolster the resilience of human rights defenders but also to advocate for the protection of all individuals vulnerable to human rights abuses.