STRONG MIND, STRONG HEALTH, STRONG VOICE

Melanesian Women Today is a non-profit that works with  women and girls in Melanesia to become leaders and conscious key agents of change in areas of education, health and entrepreneurship.

Our programs are designed and contextualized from a Melanesian approach by the women and girls from the rural communities. The women retain full ownership of all programs and operate autonomously. Their solutions to local issues are designed to be innovative, sustainable, and impactful at the systemic and root levels of social and cultural issues.

Like anywhere in the world, women in Melanesia are crucial contributors to society and perceived as those who hold families and communities together. Their role as nurturers and protectors of culture,

 There is a strong emphasis on their role as nurturers and protectors of culture, as well as an association with religious worship and motherhood. While women are increasingly entering the formal economic sphere in Vanuatu, their potential is hindered by a number of barriers and the institutional, legal, and regulatory environment that continues to disadvantage them.

 In the developing world, women are often the main custodians of these resources; they are seed savers; they protect, cultivate and use these resources in their daily lives. Furthermore, they tend to be the guardians of traditional knowledge associated with these dwindling genetic resources. Furthermore, they tend to be the guardians of traditional knowledge associated with these dwindling genetic resources.

 The challenge: while women are widely regarded as daily stewards of natural resources, they are regularly excluded from decision-making and rarely engaged for training, development, or economic opportunities.

We see the enormous potential of women to become champions of their environments and leaders of their communities’ development.

 MWT works to create a safe environment where all women and girls have the chance to pursue their own dreams and aspirations and turn them into something impactful in their own community.

 The challenge: while women are widely regarded as daily stewards of natural resources, they are regularly excluded from decision-making and rarely engaged for training, development, or economic opportunities.

We see the enormous potential of women to become champions of their environments and leaders of their communities’ development.

 Vision

A Pacific region where every Woman, Girl and Child in their respective communities in Melanesia leads a productive, healthy, and fulfilling life.

Mission

To improve the well-being and quality of life and also to promote leadership in Women and Girls in their communities.

Three Pillars:

In the attempt to improve the well-being and quality of life of women, girls, and families wherever we work, all our programs have at their foundation 3 essential pillars.

  1. Empower Women and Girls as Key change agents.

  2. Empower Women and Girls as Key agents to activate and mobilize individuals in their communities to build self reliance.

  3. Empower women and girls as key agents to engage and forge effective partnerships with their local government and community leaders.

Our Approach

Our projects throughout Melanesia are based on innovative holistic approaches, which empower women and girls living in rural villages to become the agents of change to achieve productive, healthy, and fulfilling lives through access to Education, Health, and Entrepreneurship.

Education

  • Literacy

  • STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math)

Health

  • Improving the quality of Rural Health Care

  • Preventative care for women and children

  • HIV and AIDS

  • Climate Change

Entrepreneurship

  • Empowering women through social entrepreneurship

  • Community Development