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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

Markets for Change Project kicks off in Suva bringing confidence to women vendors as they strive for a voice in market management

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Following the launch of the UN Women Markets for Change (M4C) project in April 2014, staff in Suva are working in partnership with local councils to conduct a series of three workshops for Suva market vendors to create awareness around the importance of market vendor associations and equip them with necessary knowledge to elect a representative for the Suva United Market Vendors Association. More

Press release: UN Women launches Markets for Change for safety and better earnings for women in the Pacific

Monday, May 5, 2014

Vendors and management at marketplaces across Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are set to benefit from a new project that will inject almost US$11 million into ensuring they provide safe, inclusive and non-discriminatory working environments. More

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