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Chiefs Nakamal hosts Vanuatu women market leaders

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Tears, laughter and appreciation filled the Chiefs Nakamal in Port Vila, Vanuatu last month as the first executives of the Silae Vanua Market Vendor Association (MVA) made way for new leadership at its Annual General Meeting (AGM). Member raising comment and question to executives. Photo: UN Women/Trisha Toangwera The Chiefs Nakamal, well known for its significant role in maintaining kastom in Vanuatu and used by Chiefs for governance meetings,... More

Press release: Improved Toktok at Port Vila market

Monday, September 24, 2018

No more shouting at the top of his lungs for Paul Tabi, the main staff announcer at Port Vila market in Vanuatu. Today, he’s receiving a microphone to ease communications through Port Vila market’s new Public Announcement (PA) system. More

Press release: Vanuatu Market Vendors welcome Canada's Minister for Justice

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

The Canadian Minister who is on an official visit to Vanuatu alongside the Canadian High Commissioner to Canberra, Mr. Paul Maddison, took the opportunity to tour the market and held discussions with vendors and representatives of the Silae Vanua Market Vendors Association (MVA) and the UN Women Markets for Change (M4C) project team. More

Solomon Islands: South-South Exchange Vanuatu a Success

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Solomon Islands' marketplace managers and decision-makers arrived home in Solomon Islands this weekend, after a week spent exchanging ideas on how they can improve marketplaces for women. Over the past fortnight, three Solomon Island and five Vanuatu delegates travelled each other's countries as part of a South-South Exchange. The exchange, run through UN Women's Markets for Change (M4C) project, hopes to strengthen the knowledge and capacity of marketplace... More

Regional exchange to improve marketplaces for women

Thursday, February 1, 2018

From Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, eleven marketplace managers and decision-makers will travel the region this fortnight exchanging ideas to improve marketplaces for women. The first full day of the knowledge sharing and capacity building mission, known as a South-South Exchange, begins today. Five delegates from Vanuatu market management, local government and councils have just arrived in Honiara to meet their Solomon Islands counterparts. Vanuatu market... More

Northern Islands Market Vendors host first ever Annual General Meeting

Monday, November 20, 2017

More than 300 market vendors from around Santo island and offshore, under the Northern Islands Market Vendor Association, have gathered for their first Annual General Meeting. "This is the first time for us to have an AGM since the Association was set up," says Marie Vuti, President of the Northern Islands Market Vendor Association (MVA). "I would like to thank the Luganville... More

Rural Women Celebrated as Key Contributors to Communities and the National Economy

Monday, November 20, 2017

The importance of rural women in Vanuatu and their critical role in national development has been highlighted in this year's celebration of the International Day of Rural Women (IDRW). More than 500 rural women gathered in Mele village in Efate, Shefa Province, on 12 - 13 October and Canal Fanafo in Santo, Sanma Province, on 16 October 2017 to celebrate their role and contributions towards agricultural and rural development, increasing... More

Computer Savvy Market Vendors

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

“This is the first time for us to use a computer,” said Eslin Solomon, President of Vanuatu’s Silae Vanua Market Vendor Association (MVA). “It’s really hard, however, we are trying our best to learn how to use the computer and I feel like I can do this,” Eslin said.... More

Ambassador congratulates Sisters Helping Sisters

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Women from Silae Vanua and Marobe Tanvasoko Market Vendor Associations (MVA) welcomed Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone, as she unveiled new office equipment for the Silae Vanua MVA. The Silae Vanua MVA’s new office equipment is funded by the Australian High Commission’s Direct Aid Program in Vanuatu. The... More

Better TokTok for Luganville market vendors

Monday, May 22, 2017

Vendors are welcoming the new Public Announcement (PA) system at Luganville market in Santo to keep them better informed about important market issues. The new PA system responds to feedback from market vendors identifying information needs, developing and accessing effective communication tools by which local authorities can communicate, as critical to market operations and very important to vendors in the Luganville market in Santo. “Market is the best place for me to receive... More

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