Vanuatu building resilience in rural economy; reconciliation a common theme for communities

Planting crops in Tanoliu, Efate. Photo: UN

Vanuatu and partners developing the ‘productive sector’: Planting crops in Tanoliu, Efate. Photo: UN

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Vanuatu Govt lists achievements after 100 days in office: “this Government is here to work”, says PM

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The Salwai Government’s first 100 days in power: stable government is providing momentum for action

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Standing up to be counted: Women of Vanuatu demanding their place in the political life of the nation

Too often disenfranchised by culture… women voters during Vanuatu's 2016 General Election. Photo: Commonwealth Secretariat

Disenfranchised by culture… women voters during Vanuatu’s 2016 General Election. Photo: Commonwealth Secretariat

“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.

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New Gov’t coalition MoU today; PM Salwai invokes spirit of bipartisanship

Vanuatu Parliament House, Port Vila

Constructive times ahead under the red roof? Photo: PhillipC/Flickr

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Hearing the voice of the people: the 2015 bribery scandal, politics and justice in Vanuatu

The catalyst for political change: The 14 MPs are taken to prison following their convictions in October last year

The catalyst for political change: The 14 MPs are taken to prison after being convicted in October 2015. Photo: TIV

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.

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