VNCW CEO, President with message for women
Chief Executive Officer of the Vanuatu National Council of Women Jenny Ligo has appealed to all women from Penama Province to behave with respect and professionalism and not do anything silly to sabotage the work that the Executive of VNCW is doing to restore the umbrella organisation to a sound footing in preparation for its National Conference from February 20 to 25 of 2012.
She said any such move by any woman from Penama would be a contempt of court since she is mandated by the Supreme Court to put back the VNCW Offices in order.
Settlement Conference Order Number 4 reads, “The Board has resolved unanimously to re-appoint/reconfirm the appointment of Jenny Ligo as Chief Executive Officer of VNCW. Jenny Ligo confirms that she is now prepared to take up that position again with immediate effect. The Court acknowledges that jenny Ligo is now the CEO of VNCW”.
Notes/Orders 10 and 11 read, “This judgment can be taken as confirming that the governance and management of VNCW is now as expressed in the previous paragraph. Furthermore, the bank accounts are now to return to be operated under the two signatures of (1) the CEO and (2) either the President or the Treasurer.
“The VNCW, by its CEO and its individual Board members, undertakes to work expeditiously towards convening a national conference. To that end, a timetable has been prepared by the CEO and the Board entitled”… timetable for the Activities for the Reviving of the Vanuatu National Council of Women” that sets out a series of steps designed to reconvene a national conference over February 20 to 25 2012. That timetable has been presented to the court. It is understood that a number of necessary interim steps need to be taken to enable a national council to be convened and, furthermore, February 2012 is the earliest date reasonably achievable for that national conference”.
The CEO also wants to alert the Chiefs of Penama Province in Port Vila that any woman from Penama who is caught trying to derail the work of the VNCW will pay a custom fine of one ‘Livoala’ which is a valued live male pig with fine tusks that have gone full circle. Such an animal is not only hard to find in Port Vila but it is extremely expensive to buy.
President of VNCW Manina Pakete cut in to point out that the advice does not only go to women from Penama but also women throughout the country.
She confirmed that while she and the CEO are making progress towards the women’s national event in February of next year, an opposition group is also at work to destabilise what they are working to achieve. She said they won’t win.