Young women in Vanuatu learn about engaging in politics

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31st October, 2016

Young Vanuatu women learning about “the art of politics”

Port Vila, 31 August 2016 – Over 30 young women are attending a training workshop in Port Vila aimed at enabling them to effectively engage in political development through capacity development.

The training on Tuesday and today focuses on leadership skills, public speaking and Temporary Special Measures – an instrument that allows special provisions for women to hold positions of authority in governance such as now available in municipal councils. The workshop also enables participants to familiarize themselves with the political systems of Vanuatu.

The Department of Women’s Affairs is holding this inaugural training workshop on the theme “Engaging Young Women in Political and Public Spaces” with the support of its implementing partner, Fijian feminist Roshika Deo.

DWA Director Dorosday Kenneth says “this is a critical time for the Department of Women’s Affairs as it works closely with respective national government agencies in supporting and increasing women’s political participation and representation in decision making”.

“Currently, there is no formal network of young women active in political and public spaces and through this initial conference held over these two days we wish establish a network of young women,” says Ms. Kenneth.

The workshop is made possible with financial support from the UNDP office in Fiji.

Jonas Culliwick, Vanuatu Daily Post:

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