Research and Business Education ~ 2019

Melanesian Women Today's core mission is to help improve the well-being and the quality of life of women, girls, and families in Melanesia. To accomplished this mission, every year, the organization carries out a project and networks with other organizations on the ground to help support causes that matches our vision -  'A Pacific region where every Woman, Girl and Child in their respective communities, leads a productive healthy, and fulfilling life.'

For the new year 2019 projects, we have decided to focus our attention on research and entrepreneurship. These projects will be in two fold. A business research study that was conducted by Dr. Mere Sovick in 2017 will be replicated during the month of January on 'Strategies Female Business Owners Use to be Successful in Business' in the urban region of Port Vila, Vanuatu. The second phase of this research study will include the creation of small business course materials in the form of an audio podcast and a text book for use as a self-study workbook 

We realize that the issue of economic empowerment for women in Vanuatu is still a barrier despite an increase  in entrepreurial  participation for small to medium businesses in the urban centres as compared to rural areas according to the Reserve Bank of Vanuatu MSMEs Fiance 2016. Additionally, the study revealed that basic literacy, numeracy, and financial skills are just some of the hindrances that are stopping women from entering the labour market.

 A high number of women are engaged in informal than formal Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

A high number of women are engaged in informal than formal Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs)

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High urban female in ownership in business activities such as open market vendors for the tourism industry present in urban settings. 

Growing By Leaps and Bounds!

Every sunset brings the promise of a new dawn and renewed hope. As I watched the last sunset of 2017 fade into the horizon; I can’t help but reflect back on the yesteryears of the organization and its humble beginnings. The first couple of years of our establishment we focused on empowering grassroots women with leadership roles in their respective communities and countries. As a result, we were privileged to co-host our very first women conference in Port Vila, Vanuatu in 2014 with other like-minded NGOs. 
Consequently, we were able to expand our work in literacy with Vanuatu Mamas’ English Class, one of our partner organizations in Vanuatu. We are pleased to report an ongoing success with several initiatives as partners in English literacy in Vanuatu. Last year, MWT and VMEC raised funds to build a women's community house in Eratap. To expand the educational aspect and how to solve world problems, we invited the 7th and 8th graders of Odyessy Middle School from Bainbridge Island, Washington State in the U.S to help with fundraising as part of their service-learning projects.

 Celebrating Women's Literacy (credit VMEC)

Celebrating Women's Literacy (credit VMEC)

The New Year brings yet more work to be accomplished. The teams are working again this year to expand that program by raising funds to build a VIP toilet, washing station, and also to ship 50 solar flashlights to the village as well. Partnering up with Extend the Day was a wise move we feel on our part to supply us with the 50 solar flashlights to be used by the women and villagers of Eratap village. 
One of the organization's goals for the new year is to conduct research on the results of the Mama's English Class. We have partnered with GLEAM from Australia to collect data and publish our findings on the success of the literacy program. Our hope is to keep doing work that is research-based and share that research with the rest of the world. 

Wishing Everyone A Happy New Year - 2018!