Historic Gender Based Violence Strategy launched

Mar 24, 2017

UN’s Resident Coordinator Mr Roy Trivedy speaks at the event to launch the GBV strategy. Photo Credit: Stephen, Rae/UN Women (PNG).

Port Moresby, 24 March 2017 Representatives from the United Nations have congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea for launching the country’s first national strategy to prevent and respond to Gender Based Violence (GBV).

The National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender Based Violence, 2016-2025 provides a roadmap to guide an inclusive government-led approach in implementing all legislation, policies and programmes and was launched in the presence of government officials, donors, NGOS and stakeholders at Airways today.

The Strategy is the result of almost three years of work by the Department of Community Development and Religion, Office of the Development of Women, the National Capital District and the United National Development Programme (UNDP).

The UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr Roy Trivedy, applauded the work of the Government of Papua New Guinea: "Today is a historic day on which we can celebrate the commitment of the Government and its partners and the collective effort of many people to progress gender equality and women’s empowerment in Papua New Guinea.”

“This Strategy will ensure women and children and other vulnerable people start living a life free of violence and abuse, a life of dignity and respect. It sets the stage for real change on an issue that affects all citizens of Papua New Guinea.”

The UN has been a proud partner in the development of the Strategy. Every one of the 14 UN Agencies on the ground are working on gender equality, particularly UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP and UNICEF.

UN Women Country Representative Dr Jeffrey Buchanan said: “For this Strategy to have real impact, implementation is key and the real work is still ahead of us. There needs to be an allocation of appropriate resources and effective ownership and coordination between partners and service providers in the Gender Based Violence response.”

“The Australian Government generously funded the development of the Strategy. Now it’s up to the PNG Government and stakeholders to fund its implementation,” Dr Buchanan said.

UNDP developed the Strategy and conduct nationwide consultations to support it, while UN Women provided technical assistance and coordination of the multiple individuals and groups who played a role in developing it. 

The National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender Based Violence, 2016-2025 outlines how the Government will strengthen national coordination, implementation and monitoring in relation to GBV.
It will:

·       ensure that by 2025 the Government of PNG has a functioning Gender Based Violence (GBV) communication and reporting structure supporting the achievement of zero tolerance towards GBV, aligned with the PNG development plans, Vision 2050 and the Sustainable Development Goals.

·       To standardise and institutionalise data collection, and facilitate ongoing in-depth research to support evidence-based planning, budgeting and programming to end gender-based violence

·       To ensure quality, continuity and sustainability of coordinated responses, referrals and service delivery for survivors of gender-based violence, and

·       To scale-up, decentralise, and standardise inclusive, quality initiatives and messaging for prevention of gender-based violence at all levels and in all sectors of society.

The Strategy will be available for download at http://www.pg.undp.org/


Media Contacts:
UNDP Communications Specialist Alice Plate alice.plate@undp.org.au 7332 4828

United Nations Development Programme in Papua New Guinea:

UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. In Papua New Guinea, UNDP works to improve the state’s ability to deliver public services to its people, and in doing so, plays a vital role in helping to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), raise the standard of living and protect human rights for all Papua New Guineans. UNDP PNG: http://www.pg.undp.org

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