In Vanuatu, girls face cultural barriers that prevent them from completing their education, from accessing employment, from participating in politics – from reaching their full potential, and accessing their rights.

Through participation in Girls Forums, girls learned how to access support, both through services and through structures established by the community, which enabled them to feel safe and secure in and out of school.

The numerous barriers that school-aged girls in Vanuatu face exist largely as a result of cultural expectations and a lack of awareness of their rights. The Ni Vanuatu Girls Forums were designed to give young girls a space to learn about their rights together.


These Girls’ Forums aimed to support girls to develop self-confidence that enabled them to become leaders, to respond to and mitigate climate disasters, and to ensure social security in their communities.



Port Vila, Vanuatu

Our Partners:

Department of Women's Affairs


July 2017 – June 2020

This project is supported by The Australian Government and the Austrian Embassy in Canberra

Supported by the Australian Government and the Austrian Embassy in Canberra, this project is supporting girls in Vanuatu to challenge gender and cultural norms and understand national legislation related to women’s rights.

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