In the largest agriculture-based countries of the Pacific region – Papua New Guinea, the Solomons, Vanuatu and Fiji – women market vendors have long been keeping their families and communities afloat. Honaria’s central market in the Solomon Islands was dirty, crowded, and well known for petty crime and harassment – particularly for its mainly-women vendors. For many, making it “women friendly” was a lost cause. Despite critics and detractors, a woman leader was appointed as market manager for the first time, who organized the largely female body of vendors and helped them make the market a safer, healthier and more united workspace.
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Photo: A market vendor in Ba Municipality, Fiji.
Photo credit: UN Women