Australia is supporting the establishment of a powerful new voice on the ni-Vanuatu airwaves – Femme Pawa 99FM, the radio station run by women, for women.
I was pleased to join Prime Minister Charlot Salwai to launch the station on Thursday in Port Vila and announce Australia’s support for this important initiative by Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation (VBTC).
I attended the launch as part of a two-day visit to Vanuatu. The range of events on my visit – including initiatives on women and health – demonstrates the depth and breadth of Australia’s valued relationship with Vanuatu.
Femme Pawa 99FM will develop women leaders in the media and provide a platform to elevate women’s voices, especially in rural areas.
It will provide an educational and entertaining platform for women, broadcasting valuable information on issues such as health, education, nutrition and disaster preparedness.
Australia will also help to build the capacity of ni-Van journalists to deliver fair and impartial election coverage, through a partnership between the Pacific Media Assistance Scheme and the Media Association of Vanuatu.
This will include a focus on contributing to the participation and voices of women in the electoral process through gender-sensitive reporting.
Australia is proud to work with Vanuatu to enhance the role of its media in underpinning democracy and promoting an open, transparent and prosperous society