Last Friday 2nd June 2023, Sista in partnership with HCDI and the We Rise Coalition, officially launched Women Hold up Half the Sky at Alliance Francaise!

Women hold up half the sky is a video that highlights the journey of 3 women Municipal Councilors, Marie Louise Carcasses, Melanie Shem and Anthea Arukole.  

Their journey’s showcase the importance of equal representation of women in Vanuatu politics, honors the accomplishments of the women that came before them, and paves the road for many more to come after them.  

We believe that hearing their journeys and learning from their experiences will support and inspire all of us to build a stronger, and more representative democracy, with space and voice for everyone, supported by everyone. 

We are grateful for the willingness of Anthea, Marie Louise and Melanie to share their journey. We are also grateful to MP Gloria King for her support of this project through providing both an opening and a closing speech in the video.  

Women Hold up Half the Sky, will be shown at Alliance Francaise in coming weeks, stay tuned! The video will also be released on the StanapStrong and Sista Library website soon! 

A massive THANK YOU to Alliance Francaise for donating their space and for their continuous support! And a big shout to StarLight photography for capturing this video!

Take a look at the official Press Release.



Astrid Kersten from HCDI presenting the welcoming speech


Anthea Arukole introducing the video


Official launch of video