Welcome to Sista Library. Our goal is for every Ni-Vanuatu woman and girl to access information on a range of subject matters to make educated and empowering choices, and for the private sector, civil society, non-government organizations and government to be able to access gender related reports, legislation, policies, acts and referral systems in one location.
This library was made possible thanks to generous support of the Royal Caribbean Cruises.
Domestic and Gender Based Violence
Violence against women and children is a widespread problem in Vanuatu. 60% of Ni-Vanuatu women will experience violence by their intimate partner in their lifetime.
Women's Economic Empowerment
Enhancing the economic empowerment of women is critical for the development of Vanuatu.
Women's Leadership and Political Participation
Women’s participation in decisionmaking processes at household and community levels has been increasing over the years. Currently there is a record breaking number of women in senior positions in government, but there are still no women represented in parliament, the biggest decision making body in the country.
Climate Change and Disaster Resilience
Vanuatu is one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change and disaster risks, including cyclones, storm surges, landslides, flooding and droughts. Women are often at the forefront of disaster response and the disproportionate impacts climate change and disasters can have on women and girls are not sufficiently recognized.
Women and girls have the right to access nutritious food, safety and sexual and reproductive health, family planning, maternal and child health services, disability, services, medical facilities, counselling and support services. The importance of health in enabling women to be empowered cannot be understated.
Literacy and numeracy are fundamental to the empowerment of women and girls, and as such they need fair and equal access to education and training throughout their lives. Education of men and boys are pivotal in transforming discriminatory attitudes and practices, and in attaining equality and respect between men and women.
Rural Women, Women and Girls with Disabilities and LGBT
Special attention should be given to women and girls with disabilities, those who live in remote and rural areas and members of the LGBT community due to the significant geographic, economic and social barriers they face in accessing education, health, employment, justice and other essential services.
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