Australian High Commission recognises exceptional women on International Women’s Day


womanOn 8 March, the Australian High Commissioner, Jenny Da Rin, announced the recipients of the Andy Lynch and Hanson Mataskelekele awards for 2017.

The awards, presented at a ceremony to mark International Women’s Day, recognised the outstanding contribution of two ni-Vanuatu women to the community and to leadership.

Jocelyn Naupa from Erromango received the 2017 Andy Lynch Award in recognition of her outstanding voluntary service over 15 years and her contribution to end gender-based violence and empower women.

Adela Issachar Aru from Efate received the 2017 Hanson Mataskelekele Award in recognition of her outstanding leadership in promoting sustainable tourism and empowering local tourism operators.

“The Australian Government is committed to promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment and these awards recognise women who are taking action for women and for Vanuatu,” the High Commissioner said.

The awards are a joint initiative of the Lynch and Mataskelekele families and the Australian High Commission. Awardees are nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel.

The Australian Government works in partnership with the Vanuatu Government to promote gender equality and empower women by creating opportunities to enhance women’s voices in decision-making, leadership and peace-building; promoting women’s economic empowerment; and ending violence against women and girls.

On 8 March each year, Australia and Vanuatu join the international community in celebrating International Women’s Day – a day to promote and protect the rights of women and to celebrate the courage and determination of ordinary women who play extraordinary roles in our communities.