Meet Donackly Bune

Donackly Bune is a project manager at Santo Sunset Women’s Environment Network (SSWEN), an organization aimed at promoting gender equality and crisis response through an environment-focused gender empowerment program that emphasizes the critical role women play in managing natural resources and achieving gender justice.

With Donackly’s guidance, SSWEN has set up Community Disaster Climate Change Committees in many villages. All trainings and actions focus on disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery. SSWEN also assists women, including elderly women, young women, and women and girls with disabilities, to solve their differences peacefully and lay the foundation to prevent future violence. After the devastating impact of Cyclone Harold, SSWEN has supported women to play a leading role in reconstructing houses, replanting gardens, and finding ways to generate sustainable income.

Together with Ellen Jemimah Paieke from Matavale Women’s Association (MWA), Ellen and MWA staff will visit some communities in Vanuatu to get first-hand information on SSWEN’s priority areas of intervention, such as women’s role in food security, community engagement, and disaster preparedness and response. Both CSOs will conduct field visits to exchange good practices on project implementation and financial management.