Vanuatu’s Internal Affairs Minister, Patrick Crowby, has signed an order reserving a seat in all five wards within the Port Vila municipality for women. The order follows a legislative amendment recently passed unanimously by parliament. The reserved seats provision is an important step towards realising women’s participation in public affairs. The law will be tested before the end of the year, when Port Vila residents go to the poll. However, the achievement may be short-lived as the present government considers doing away with municipal elections altogether, if councilors fail to deliver.