Joyce - Photo Credit: Solaye Snider
This ongoing fight for justice and human rights is powered by people –extraordinary leaders who envision positive change in their own communities and are brave enough to blaze the path ahead. That’s why we partner with powerful people living in poverty and exclusion – problem solvers who know what’s needed to change lives within their own communities, and have the power to mobilize and inspire others.
Joyce Daniel, a local community member and mother, became a climate change resilience and women’s inclusion leader. After Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu in 2015, she became a member of Women I Tok Tok Tugeta, a forum for women-led climate change action. Then, she was elected its President. The forum, supported by ActionAid, enables women to identify their own protection needs in the aftermath of a disaster, and lead action plans to address the issues they face.
The Island Nation is recognized as being the most disaster-prone in the world, and it’s women who are the worst affected – and often excluded from emergency response and solution roles. Local leaders like Joyce know what women in their communities need better than anyone, as Joyce mentioned, “women know the needs for all the ladies.”
Joyce, and other local leaders across the globe, are powerful change-creators in their communities. Joyce sees women’s leadership as a way to challenge patriarchal attitudes towards women’s roles in emergency response, and beyond. She hopes “to see the movement grow stronger and members have confidence in themselves.”
At ActionAid, we believe in the power of local leaders like Joyce. With your support, we can ensure that the women of Tanna, Vanuatu are supported to lead the implementation of disaster preparedness plans they have developed, and that women’s leadership is supported globally.
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