Women’s Affairs employ new economic officer
The department of Women’s Affairs this week welcomed on board Esron Vano as its new “economic officer”.
This has put a step forward to stabilizing gender within the department which has a ratio of 2 males and 9 female staff in the main office in Port Vila.
His arrival will assist two provincial officers well as the department on new initiatives to promote and contribute to new ideas and directions for business to benefit women, children and people with disability.
The economic officer will contribute to monitor and evaluate policies endorsed by cabinet, provide a baseline data compiled on women’s specific economic empowerment initiatives and also to increase number of women and girls to participate in economic activities.
This includes training, processing and the trading of products.
This new initiative of the department will also be supported by different government organisations and non- governmental organizations such as PHAMA, Department of Agriculture, Department of Quarantine and Inspection, VANWODS, Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Trade and ni- Vanuatu Business, UN Women and The department of Trade and Rural Business Development.
It also acknowledges the existing program currently implemented by these partners to work positively towards the economic empowerment of women and their families.
Mr Esron Vano is 25 years of age and has obtained a “Diploma in BEPA, BAC. Pro Agricole” which is a “Diploma in Agriculture” after four years of study in New Caledonia in 2007. In 2008 was employed by Unelco for a period of 5 months to help assist in a project to introduce coconut oil as a source of fuel for their machines and later in 2009 he was employed by the Department of Agriculture in the same project.
The period of 2010- 2012 was a period where Mr Esron dedicated his life to God by becoming a missionary and dedicated time , effort by carrying out missionary work in several islands in the pacific.
This young and talented person has already marked his first footsteps within the department by contributing to numerous new ideas where he is currently writing up a new work plan which are not currently active but are in the process which range from: floriculture exporting project, poultry farming, manioc flour processing, cocoa processing and a wide range of other projects which will again benefit the family, women , children and people with disability.
Mr Esron personally would like to welcome more stakeholders to participate in this long journey to bring this dream to reality and for most would like to stress that there is a need for us to join hands with all communities to ensure gender equality but also empowering all of us through different streams which will benefit the family and upgrade standard of living for a better tomorrow.