Online Magazine For Ni-Vanuatu Women Launched

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

‘Sista’ is dedicated to mothers of Vanuatu

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, May 5, 2016) – Vanuatu’s first online magazine for ni-Vanuatu women was officially launched in mid-April this year.

The first release of Sista was dedicated to the mothers of Vanuatu.

In a section called ‘Sista i Shine’, it featured interviews with working mothers including Linline Mansale (Matauatu), who is part of the beach volleyball duo that’s currently trying to qualify for the Olympics, and Alista Douglas, a disabled actress from Wan Smol Bag’s Rainbow Theatre Group.

‘Sista i Shine’ gives insight into the life, accomplishments, failures and dreams of women who call Vanuatu home. Whether they’re a mama from the market or an owner of a small business, Sista is passionate about celebrating the diversity of ni-Vanuatu women, both local and expat.

By sharing their stories, Sista hopes to encourage women to break free from stereotypes and cultural constraints to aspire for a life where they can make empowered and informed choices.

After living overseas for several years, Yasmine Bjornum, the editor of Sista, returned to her birth country and saw the need for a platform where women could come together as a community to discuss issues and concerns.

Whether it’s breast cancer, dealing with an unwanted pregnancy, trying to get child maintenance, the legitimacy of leaf medicines, recycling, weaving, career advice, kava addiction or tips to save money, Sista intends to explore it all.

Ms Bjornum encourages all women, including students, to contact Sista if they have a topic they are interested in talking about.

There is also the category of Beauty and Fashion that specifically caters for Melanesian girls. Find out where to buy affordable makeup and which is the best hair product. If you’re more of a foodie, the Body, Mind and Soul category will feature recipes using seasonal produce as well as traditional aelan kakae.

Sista is supportive of causes that inspire positive change, from raising awareness about domestic violence and gender equality, to promoting local businesses and events. The magazine will be going into print by the end of the year.

Sista’s website is at or Facebook at

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