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Port Vila, Vanuatu (22 July, 2022) – A safer work environment for women market vendors in Luganville and Port Vila is the result of newly installed video surveillance cameras at the two markets.
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After working in Thailand for almost two years as a migrant domestic worker, Douang Keomouangluang returned to her home in Nong Kae Village in the southern province of Salavan in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) in September 2020. She wanted to be with her husband and parents during the COVID-19 pandemic, but admits she had no clear plan of what to do for work. “I did not prepare to set up a business,” she said. “I just wanted to be back home. With the THB 50,000 (USD 1,500) that I saved, I built a house and bought appliances and a motorbike.”
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In the past 18 months, by trapping women with their abusers, COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns have worsened the already-widespread violence against women while preventing many of them from getting help. But even those who do manage to contact the police come up against another long-standing challenge: a culture and system that treats the survivor as a big part of the problem.
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Partners of the Markets for Change (M4C) project in Vanuatu, including the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs Hon. Maau’Koro Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau joined Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner H.E Clemency Oliphant and other stakeholder representatives from the local governments, municipal councils, market vendor associations, and government departments for the M4C Phase II Design Validation Workshop on Monday.
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Interview with Inthava Thonpheng, volunteer at the Lao Federation of Trade Unions Migrant Worker Resource Centre (MRC) in Savannakhet, Lao PDR
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Another ring-road market was opened by the Director General of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Ms. Cherol Ala Ianna and Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu at Melemaat village yesterday, 1 October 2020.
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The residents of Beverly Hills and Emua communities celebrated the opening of their new markets yesterday, 30 September 2020. The markets were officially opened by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Affairs, Honourable Maau’Koro Alatoi Ishmael Kalsakau and the Australian High Commissioner to Vanuatu, Her Excellency Sarah DeZoeten, and will benefit over 70 households in both communities.
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The Vanuatu and Australian Governments today celebrated the official opening of the Port Vila Central Market facilities upgrade. The upgrade, which began in July 2019 was funded by the Australian Government through the Tropical Cyclone Pam Recovery Program and the UN Women Markets for Change (M4C) Project, valued at 170 million Vatu (1.47million USD).
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Already dealing with the COVID-19 crisis, some countries in the Pacific have had to manage the dual impact of a tropical cyclone.
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Gender-based violence crisis centres from six countries in the Pacific have faced not only the COVID-19 crisis, but also in some countries, the dual impact of a tropical cyclone. UN Women’s Ending Violence Against Women and Girls programme works in close collaboration with government, civil society organisations, communities and other partners to promote gender equality, prevent violence against women and girls, and increase access to quality response services for survivors, especially during emergencies.
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Nimarta Khuman, a Gender and Protection Advisor, explains what it means to incorporate gender and protection in humanitarian action and why it’s important.
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The impact of climate change has been greatly felt by market vendors who are heavily reliant on their market sales for their income and today; members of the Silae Vanua Market Vendors Association (SVMVA) were able to share their experiences of how they are addressing such changes with the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Gutterres, at the Port Vila Market, during his first official visit to Vanuatu.
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As I play tag with Minta, a beaming four-year-old, it’s easy to forget the tragic circumstances that brought this bright-eyed girl and her mother to a UN Women-led skills training for women victims of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Xieng Khouang, a town in the north-east of Lao PDR. Tired from running, Minta settles into a chair, giggling, and I can’t resist reaching for my camera to capture her radiant face, pink from the exercise.
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As their country joins in a global campaign to stop violence against women, Lao journalists are better able to cover the issue at home and promote gender equality thanks to a training supported by UN Women, in collaboration with United Nations Population Fund...
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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,...
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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.
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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.
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Government officials of Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand have jointly recommended steps to protect the millions of migrant workers in the region from exploitation and abuse. The officials from various ministries made the recommendations at a 24-25 May consultation that also included employers, civil society and international humanitarian organizations, and United Nations agencies - UN Women, International Organization for Migration...
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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...
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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...