The Department of Women's Affairs is the official national women's machinery for recommending and implementing government policy. DWA counts many organisations as strategic partners, including but not limited to government ministries, provincial governments, development partners, CSOs and faith-based organisations. DWA also supports stakeholders who are better positioned or have the expertise and resources to lead policy implementation.

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The policy statement for the National Gender Equality Policy is the Government of Vanuatu will exercise leadership to achieve gender equality and take proactive steps to embed gender equality into its legislation, policies, programs, organisational structures and operational procedures.

The purpose of the policy is to provide strategic national framework for enhancing gender equality and women's empowerment in Vanuatu. The policy aims to provide a coordinated structure to enhance the effectiveness, the efficiency and the impact of various efforts and activities undertaken by all actors and stakeholders.

Download the Vanuatu Council of Ministers Decision 81/2015 [PDF]

Download the Vanuatu National Gender Equality Policy document [PDF]


Download the Vanuatu Council of Ministers Decision 156/2014 [PDF] - coming soon!

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In Vanuatu, Children's Day is celebrated to "Stop violence against children" and "Give a child the chance to express their opinion today."

After the march there are speeches and activities organized by schools, including a dance. Then, after midday, children return home to spend time with their parents for the rest of the day.

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The Department of Women's Affairs is the official body of the Vanuatu government.

DWA was established in 1980, by the former Prime Minister the late Honorable Walter Lini and former Minister Sethy Regenvanu. Initially, our focus was to monitor the government’s decisions on issues concerning women and similarly advocate for women to have improved access to justice, health services and literacy. The office was established under the name of the Department of Social Welfare and at that time was joint ventured with the Vanuatu Women’s Centre.

In 1995, the Republic of Vanuatu ratified The Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Today, DWA advocates for CEDAW implementation in political action, policy development and custom traditions through:

• promoting economic empowerment

• eliminating gender-based violence

• working toward greater diversity in national, provincial and local governance

• promoting and protecting the rights of people with disabilities

• promoting and protecting the rights of children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       
  

Dorosday Kenneth Watson
Director
5333120 ext. 2444
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Dorosday has held the post of Director since 2009 following a distinguished career as the Director of the Dept. of Fisheries and later the Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development. She is the principle advocate for the equal rights of women and girls in Vanuatu and was instrumental in the introduction of reserved seats for women in municipal elections. In 2012, she was awarded the "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite" by the French government in recognition of her dedication to the strengthening of women's rights and to reducing domestic violence against women, children and persons with disabilities.

 

Rothina Ilo Noka

Gender & Protection Coordinator

5333120 Ext 2430

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My role at the Department of Women's Affairs is Gender & Protection Cluster Coordinator. My passion ans commitment is to help the Government of Vanuatu make the concerns and experiences of women as well as of men an integral part of the design,implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmers in all political,economic and societal spheres both in peace times and in emergencies. Only then  will women and men benefit equally. the current development gaps that  Vanuatu have has posed hardships on the lives of women, men, children and people living disabilities from all walks of life. this can be slowly but surely eliminated through coordinated partnerships in providing equal opportunities and responsibilities to all so that everyone can live in harmony and work together for a better Vanuatu. It has economic and social benefits for the nation and it is fair to everyone-forming the basis of good governance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erick Emele
Communications and Liaison Officer
5333120 ext. 2425
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Erick is the Communications and Liaison Officer. He promotes and develops strategies to communicate the mission and activities of the department. He expresses the achievements, challenges and updates that women, children and people with disabilities so that their rights may be respected and to enjoy a life with no boundaries.

   

John Regenvanu
Gender Based Violence Officer
5333120 ext. 2425
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Johnlyn Regenvanu has been volunteering for over ten years doing community work and services with different Non-Governmental organisations and Community faith based organisations in Malekula as well as Port Vila. He has been working alongside people with different social status in the community. This year 2016 he has teamed up with the Department and with his experience of working with  communities, he brings a lot of experience in working with the community to help women to advance to another level in all works of life.

 

John Patas
Driver and Logistics Officer
5333120 ext. 2423

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John brings over 7 years of  experience with working with youths at all age groups. The role of the Logistics and support Officer is crucial in undertaking programs within the Department providing logistical support for all Program Managers and especially the administration chores of the Department.  A high in spirit and motivated in every assigned task given to him to accomplish daily always with a smile. 

 

 

 

Seman Saraken
Governance Officer
5333120 ext. 2422
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Seman supports the participation and representation of women in decision-making bodies as the Governance Officer. She wants to create a holistic environment to build policy development for better opportunities for women across Vanuatu.

 

Esron Mark Vano
Economic Empowerment Officer
5333120 ext. 2424
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 Esrom  is the economic Officer and also the gender Protection  Cluster Leader under the National Disaster Management Office. The role of Esrom is to identify avenues to assist in economically empower women and oversee the advancement of women the informal sector to step into the formal sector s that they may be up grade their business a venues and accommodate more productivity.

 

Andrew Tarip
Finance Officer
5333120 ext. 2430
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The Finance and Support Officer,  Andrew  has over 23 years of experience in Finance and The Finance and Support Officer, Andrew  has over 23 years of experience in Finance and Management. The main key role Andrew is to oversee the financial issues of the Department and also manage incoming donor funded projects including administrative forecasts.

 

Judith Bani
Office Assistant
5333120 ext. 2423
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 The office Assistant  Judith  who has worked for the Department for over 9 years is the most wanted person in the department. Multi tasked and pro- active in every request of the Program Managers needs in running activities for the Department. Complimented to be the best support and logistical person for any work within the department through her commitment and team spirit has set high standards in the work place.

 

 Location of Office:  Opposite of the Vanuatu financial Comission

Phone: 5333120/25099

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 Department of Women's Affairs

 PMB 9091

 Port Vila

 Vanuatu

 

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