PNG discussed progress on gender-based violenceAug 30, 2016
Port Moresby, August 30, 2016 – The Department for Community Development and Religion and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Papua New Guinea organized a final conference to review the work on gender-based violence and discuss future steps.
The conference brought together more than 50 government officials, including representatives from four provincial governments, human right defenders, business and civil society representatives and development partners.
The discussions focused on the recently developed National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) as the commitment of the Government to achieve its target of zero tolerance towards GBV. Government officials from 3 pilot provinces (Milne Bay, Morobe, East New Britain) and the National Capital District, along with Human Rights Defenders, shared their achievements, challenges, and suggestions for a stronger cooperation and mutually enhancing interventions to address the GBV epidemic.
With the support of UNDP, the Department has worked closely with Provincial Authorities, a high level Technical Working Group chaired by the National Research Institute with members from different government departments and key stakeholders from Civil Society, Faith Based Organisations, and the Private Sector. The National Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee was a close partner in rolling out the different components of the work. Some of the results of this work include:
- First GBV services database developed and tested across 4 provinces using tablets;
- 3 provincial governments (Milne Bay, Morobe, East New Britain) and the National Capital District put in place Secretariats to support the network of GBV actors working in NGOs, FBOs, private sector and the government to improve the delivery of coordinated quality services for survivors of GBV and increase prevention of GBV;
- 3 provinces and the NCD have their own GBV strategy, plan of action, and budgets to support coordinated interventions in an inclusive and transparent manner.
- Standard Operating Procedures developed to ensure that GBV survivors are at the center of support services across all agencies;
- Two researches conducted to strengthen the evidence based approach in developing the National GBV Strategy;
- Human Right Defenders across 9 provinces equipped with tools to better support their communities to prevent GBV, linked with service providers.
“We have learned that GBV is far too complex for the government not to take the lead. We have also come to learn that GBV is far too complex for one entity to take it forward - only when working together will we be able to address the current epidemic. This approach is informed by international research and the information gathered from both a PNG literature review and a GBV mapping exercise; without a broad based and multi-sectoral approach we will not achieve our aim of zero tolerance towards GBV”, said Delilah Gore, Minister for Youth, Religion and Community Development in her speech, delivered at the event.
“Gender-based violence remains a critical development challenge in Papua New Guinea. With the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals, we are better positioned than ever to tackle gender inequalities, including gender-based violence. As the United Nations system we stand ready to further support the Government of PNG in its path towards ending gender-based violence”, said Roy Trivedy, UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative in PNG.
The project was supported by the Australian Government, implemented by UNDP in partnership with the Department for Community Development and Religion and its Office for the Development of Women.
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