The Markets for Change Project was launched on Wednesday 20 August 2014 by the Australian High Commissioner, Jeremy Bruer, the Minister of Justice and Community Services, Alfred Kalo, and UN Women representative, Preeya Ieli, at Port Vila’s Central Market. Australia’s support to Markets for Change is part of the Pacific Women program, designed to advance women’s empowerment in the region. Through Markets for Change, eight marketplaces around Vanuatu will be improved, to create safer, cleaner, more inclusive trading spaces for women market vendors and for customers. UN Women will implement the project in partnership with Port Vila and Luganville municipal councils, Marobe Market Centre and five markets on the Efate ring-road. By improving the safety and working conditions at the markets the project will help not only women vendors but also their children, families and communities and ultimately Vanuatu’s economy.