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Real change coming for Gizo Market

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Celebrations are underway today at the official ground-breaking ceremony for a new Gizo Market facility. Following a request from the Western Provincial Government, Australia has committed approximately AUD 3 million to redevelop the existing Gizo town market facility. The new market will be designed and built by Reeves International and will improve the market’s... More

Market Vendors show camaraderie after severe floods

Thursday, April 19, 2018

In the wake of Tropical Cyclone Josie in April 2018, severe flooding struck several parts of Fiji. The flooding in Ba and other areas badly affected market vendors, their markets and businesses, with many people evacuated. For Venina Vakarusere, President of the Nausori Market Vendors Association, the drive to support vendors at the Ba Market came naturally. With shared goals and challenges, and after building relationships through UN Women’s Markets for Change project... More

Security, hygiene and disability friendly facilities for Auki Market

Monday, March 12, 2018

Security fencing and increasing access to facilities for people with disabilities will be priorities for Auki Market's revamp following requests from market management, vendors and others who use the marketplace. The recommendations are from the first formal Auki Market Infrastructure Task Force Meeting, held 9... 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

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

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