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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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[Press release] UN Women offers warm congratulations to Fiame Naomi Mata'afa on her assumption of the position of Prime Minister of Samoa and on becoming Samoa's first woman Prime Minister.Women’s equal participation and leadership in political and public life are essential to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Women’s equal representation in political life and decision making is fundamental to progressing gender equality and women’s empowerment.
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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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What seemed like just another training, ended up being life-changing for 25-year-old Luisa Tiotio Afoa Sulu of Poutasi Falealili in Upolu, Samoa. Luisa first participated in the Women in Leadership in Samoa (WILS) Project’s vocational, language and leadership skills training for young women back in 2019, paving the way for a more confident and sustainable future for her and her family.
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The Malaita Provincial Government of Solomon Islands received the additional infrastructure work done to the Auki Market through the Markets for Change [M4C] project, in the presence of partners including representatives of the Australian High Commission and the Market Vendors Association, in a hand-over ceremony last week, that observed local custom and protocol.
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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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As COVID-19 prevention measures in the Pacific region and around the world limited movement and encouraged home isolation, the number of women seeking domestic violence support services have surged. In Samoa, there has been a 150 per cent increase in the number of helpline calls, compared to the same time last year, says Silliniu Lina Chang, President of the Samoa Victim Support Group (SVSG). “Tensions build as families are hit by unemployment, and from not being able to provide for...
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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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This week Samoan journalism students have been awarded internships with major media outlets covering the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games, as a result of the Equal Playing Field; Reporting for Women and Sport workshop.
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More than twenty journalists, journalism students and athletes are sharing media reporting good practice and social media ideas to further improve coverage of women champion athletes during the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games.
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The Rights, Empowerment and Cohesion, or REACH project, has been identified as much-needed for Samoa due to its high rural population, which was reported at about 81 per cent of the total population in 2016, according to the World Bank.
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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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The Ministry of Women, Community and Social Development (MWCSD) is leading discussions to develop an Interagency Essential Services Guideline in an effort to strengthen Government’s coordinated response to assist victims of gender-based violence.