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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

In the words of Shobhna Verma: “Once I came into the market, there was no turning back”

Thursday, September 28, 2017

For the past 35 years Shobhna Verma has made her living selling produce at Suva Market in Fiji’s capital. While her three children are now grown and having their own families, she continues to take on new responsibilities, the latest of which is as a Justice of the Peace. Shobhna is the Legal Adviser with the Suva Market Vendor Association and has attended a series of trainings on financial literacy... More

Honiara Central Market Vendors Association (HCMVA) Constitution Review

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Market vendors from the Honiara Central Market are gathering for the first time to review their constitution. Twenty vendors from Honiara Central Market Vendors Association (HCMVA) and market management staff are meeting for two days with a legal consultant in Honiara to review their constitution, facilitated by UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project. Improving governance among market management, vendors and local governments is a guiding principle of the M4C project, to enable... More

Honiara Central Market Vendors undertake Food Safety and Hygiene Training

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

“The training is very useful,” a participant at the food safety and handling training, indicating that it is the small things that make a big difference. “When we do not take good care of food when preparing it, it will be a hazard for us and our customers,” she said. A Food Safety and Hygiene training was held from 21-24 July, facilitated by the Honiara City Council (HCC) Environmental Health Division and supported by UN Women’s Markets for Change (M4C) project.... More

Gender Awareness for Councillors

Monday, July 17, 2017

“At times, we think only men can participate in decisions that we make for our wards, council and for the city but women also play a very important role in our society and we must also include them in whatever decisions we do,” said Charles Aiwosuga, a participant at the Gender 101 training and also Honiara’s Deputy Mayor. “For me, as a leader, this session had given some new ideas and knowledge to be humble and carry our work by putting on the gender lenses,” he added... 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

Women vendors improve markets in Papua New Guinea

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

A new video about work to make markets safe for vendors in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (80 per cent of whom are women) showcases new infrastructure and better lighting to prevent violence, as well as a mobile bill-pay system to prevent extortion and abuse, among other improvements. More

Pacific rural women as agents of change

Friday, October 17, 2014

Market vendors in Fiji, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands joined UN Women in celebrating International Day of Rural Women on Wednesday, highlighting the crucial roles rural women play in ensuring the health and wellbeing of their families and communities, as well as their countries’ economic productivity. More

Markets set to improve with Pacific women in the lead

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

UN Women is working with women market vendors in Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu to improve their working conditions, earning power and leadership skills. More

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