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.