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News in Brief 9 March 2023

  • Stricken Zaporizhzhya nuclear power plant latest: IAEA
  • Vanuatu emergency: UN aid team deploys after cyclones, earthquake
  • Cannabis legalization fails to address health risks: UN-backed drugs control board
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ISLAND VOICES: The changing face of Vanuatu’s Police Force

Today, women are still in the minority across Vanuatu’s Police Department, but times are changing.

When Sergeant Bianca Simeon joined the Vanuata Police Maritime wing 11 years ago, she was their first woman recruit. Inspector Lili Joel is one of only two women superintendents, and Sera Bula Joseph is one of the rare women police engineers.

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ISLAND VOICES: ‘men and women together make good leadership’

Vanuatu’s national parliament doesn’t have a single woman member, but two activists from different generations are committed to changing the gender politics of the island nation.

In the second episode of Island Voices, a three-part podcast series produced by the UN Office for Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), law student and activist Georgilla Worwor, and Anthea Arukole, a former political advisor to the Vanuatu Government, discuss their political ambitions.

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ISLAND VOICES: Vanuatu’s new wave of female surfers

In the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, young women are taking their long boards to the water, refusing to accept the idea that surfing is only for men.

Risma has been surfing since a very young age and, in the face of the challenges that come with being a woman pioneer in a male-dominated sport, she has reached a highly competitive level, and is inspiring a new generation of girls and young women to ride the waves.

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News in Brief 14 April 2020

  • COVID-19: major relief airlift reaches ‘most vulnerable’ African nations

  • New Ebola virus infections dash hopes of an end to DR Congo epidemic

  • Lifesaving aid funding released to help cyclone survivors in Vanuatu