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Gender and Leadership (Vanuatu)

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In the Pacific, patriarchal culture and colonial-era interpretations of the Bible often serve to reinforce the relative marginalisation of women.

In Vanuatu, the Presbyterian Women’s Mission Union is leading their Church to develop an understanding of gender equality from a biblical perspective and to embed this equality into the structure and teaching of the Church.

Activities include introducing gender equality theology across the church and placing gender focal persons in every community to support women and girls facing domestic violence or discrimination.

The next phase will involve exploring deeper structural changes to support healthy family relationships.

Our Impact

Since the beginning of this project, every Presbyterian church community has a gender focal person to act as advocate and point of contact for women struggling with domestic violence. Christian teaching on gender equality has taken up by seven presbyteries and 86 sessions, with 900 women and 400 men across Vanuatu.

980 people participated in gender equality awareness training




Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu through the Presbyterian Women’s Mission Union

Program Unit

Relief & Development (Tax-Deductable)


Gender Equality

News from the Field

  • 707 people were trained in Gender Equality Theology March 14, 2018 Between July and December of 2017, the Presbyterian Women’s Mission Union of the Presbyterian Church of Vanuatu held nine awareness raising sessions across Vanuatu. The aim of these sessions is to introduce youth, Sunday school teachers, and community leaders to Gender Equality Theology. 707 people were trained in all: 481 children 22 Sunday school teachers 36 Elders 11 Deacons 107 ...