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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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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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When Marobe Market Manager Aaron Kalo came into UN Women’s Port Vila office in Vanuatu after Easter he had good news – the market was running out of tables. The market had only been open a few days and the demand for tables was evidence of the small steps being taken to restore the trade that so many women and their families depend on. Marobe Market House officially re-opened on April 2, almost three weeks after Category Five Tropical Cyclone Pam ripped through the...
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Just six months ago the Epau ring road market on Efate island in Vanuatu was hosting UN Women’s International Day of Rural Women celebrations. The new structure had recently been finished, including a kitchen so the market vendors could cook hot food, and toilet facilities...
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The concrete building that Shaline Nimal and her children sheltered in as Tropical Cyclone Pam barrelled through her village was one of only two left standing once the storm had passed. Her own house was a jumble of twisted roofing iron, wood and broken furniture; the village garden a mess of uprooted trees, bent and broken crops. Two weeks on, the villagers of Rangrango, 20 minutes out of Vanuatu’s capital of Port Vila, have...
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As we enter the final 12 months of global stocktaking and agenda setting for the post-2015 development agenda, we have the responsibility to define with sufficient clarity the world that we want and to do more than describe but also to prescribe and articulate how that world will be more assuredly realised.
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The public campaigns came to a stop at mid night on Saturday after two weeks of aggressive campaigning which saw both men and woman candidates and their supporters driving through the streets of Port Vila with loud speakers calling out for support, holding rallies around the country, posters and banners covered every public notice boards while the media exploded with election promises.
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A training workshop on mainstreaming gender and preventing and addressing gender-based violence in emergencies took place in Port Vila, Vanuatu from the 9th to the 12th October, 2012. It was organized by the Vanuatu Humanitarian Team(VHT) and jointly facilitated by UN Women and the Inter-Agency GenCap Advisor in the Pacific.
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UN Women is hosting a series of consultations throughout the Pacific this week on the theme of eliminating and preventing violence against women and girls.