Government authorities and women rights organizations are supported to respond to Gender-based Violence during COVID-19

Dirk Wagener, UNDP Resident Representative and Daisy Plana, Femili PNG’s Chief Executive Officer at the signing of the agreement ©UNDP PNG/K.Allen


Project Background

In response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and detection of the first in-country COVID-19 case, the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Government enacted a national State of Emergency on 23 March 2020.

International experience shows that in terms of crises and social dislocation, women and girls are disproportionately exposed to violence to which PNG is no exception.

Considering the country’s weak health system coupled with capacity and resource constraints; the PNG Government and partners requested UNDP’s support towards combating Gender-based Violence (GBV) and strengthening of GBV measures within the country especially during COVID-19 pandemic.

Project objectives

The intervention is aimed towards assisting PNG Government and the civil society organizations to maintain core services that support the victims of GBV during COVID-19 period until the time PNG Government is able to re-prioritize its resources in supporting its own immediate national COVID-19 preparedness plan.

Project Outcomes:

  • Outcome 1: Coordination support to the PNG Gender-based Violence Prevention Pathway
  • Outcome 2: Support awareness raising on Gender-based Violence prevention during COVID-19 response amongst members of the National Parliament and their constituencies to promote leadership, dialogue, and accountability

Achievement so far:

  • Successful engagement of Royal PNG Constabulary and Femili PNG as implementing partners
  • Assisted FSVUs in Port Moresby with the servicing of two vehicles
  • Purchased of 13 tablets with sim and data for communication
  • Purchase of two containers offices for Waigani and Badili FSVUs
  • Signing of grant agreement between UNDP and Femili PNG in July 1. Femili PNG will assist survivors and victims of GBV and FSV to have access to support services, operation support to safe houses in Port Moresby and Lae including raising awareness on COVID and prevention of FSV and GBV


Papua New Guinea

Focus Area

Gender Based Violence


Government of Papua New Guinea


Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, Femili PNG and PNG National Parliament. 

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  • Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2021 $156,706

    2020 $108,544

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