The Vanuatu Government’s response to Cyclone Pam began immediately following the disaster and will continue for the next 18 months. The first phase of the response was Read the rest of this entry »
By Karen Allen
Something is seriously wrong in the Pacific.
Standing up to be counted: Women of Vanuatu demanding their place in the political life of the nationPosted: March 8, 2016
“Respect”, as Father Walter Lini famously said, “is honourable”. But despite the enormous social, economic and cultural contributions they make every day, Vanuatu’s women are rarely given the respect they deserve; they continue to be shut out of political life. And yet, as the scandals of the last 12 months have shown, Vanuatu urgently needs better, more representative political leadership. Vanuatu’s full potential can only be realized when it has a gender-balanced leadership that includes, respects and values the enriching perspectives that women bring to political life. Today, on International Womens’ Day, we bring you the powerful story of a Vanuatu woman leader’s journey as she stands up for the right to take part in politics.
At the recent General Election, the people of Vanuatu demanded an end to business-as-usual in Vanuatu politics, a message acknowledged by new Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, who said this week that “Parliament must hear the voice of the people”. In this article by Miranda Forsyth, we revisit the events of last year and what they might mean for political reform in Vanuatu.
An aviation snafu which has seen South Pacific airlines refuse to land at Vanuatu’s main international airport points to serious safety issues across the region, World Bank documents show.
Tonga’s Fuaʻamotu International Airport looks dangerously close to suffering the same fate as Vanuatu’s Bauerfield Airport.
The bank warns international airlines risk legal problems if they knowingly fly into sub-standard airports and most South Pacific airports are in that category.
In a little noticed report, the bank says international airline operators servicing Pacific Island countries were “incurring considerable risk” due to Read the rest of this entry »