Pacific Women Gender Transformative Change is possible in Papua New Guinea

Positive gender transformative change is not only possible, it is happening in Papua New Guinea.

Pacific Women is one of the largest global commitments to gender equality. It aims to improve opportunities for the political, economic and social advancement of Pacific women.

It is supported by the Australian Government through the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership. Since it began in 2012, it has committed $116.84 million to initiatives that support women’s empowerment in Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.

As a result of Pacific Women’s long-term commitment to partners’ efforts, gender transformative change is happening in Papua New Guinea. Women and men in their family, communities and workplaces, are changing the way they behave to reduce the harms to women and girls and to strengthen their families, communities and workplaces.

Full report: What Works for Gender Transformative Approaches in Papua New Guinea

Pacific Women partners have identified eight elements that have been key to achieving gender transformation in Papua New Guinea, detailed in the ‘What Works for Gender Transformative Approaches in Papua New Guinea‘ report.

Brief: Gender Transformative Change Brief in Papua New Guinea

The Gender Transformative Change Brief in Papua New Guinea provides an overview of replicable approaches to achieve gender transformative change in Papua New Guinea. The brief provides practical, proven approaches and highlights the importance of:

  • program design explicit in its aim to reshape gender norms and power relations
  • working in partnership with organisations and community groups to create change
  • drawing on community strengths, customs and practices
  • clearly aligning activities to support government policy commitments and strengthen government systems.

The brief also provides examples of gender transformative changes achieved by initiatives in Papua New Guinea.

These approaches have been developed through Pacific Women’s partners’ efforts over the past eight years, since the program began in 2012. Such approaches seek to overcome the harmful norms and structures that reinforce gender inequalities in Papua New Guinea, underpinned by global experience. The brief highlights how gender transformation can be achieved by reinforcing changes at multiple levels, while ensuring a commitment to robust monitoring and shared learning.

This brief precedes a more detailed paper by Pacific Women examining gender equality transformative change, expected to be released before the end of 2020. The detailed paper will be a comprehensive analysis of approaches, case studies and practical application from and developed by Papua New Guinea partners through a series of review and validation workshops in 2019–2020.

Highlights of key achievements by Pacific Women in Papua New Guinea are outlined in the Promoting Gender Equality in Papua New Guinea – Highlights 2012-2021 booklet.