A decade on: 56 projects with 59 partners reaching 1.6million Papua New Guineans

Pacific Women was one of the largest global commitments to gender equality. Since its beginning in 2012, supported under the PNG-Australia Partnership, the program reached an estimated 1.6 million Papua New Guinean women, men, girls and boys through its 59 partners and 56 projects. Papua New Guinean women, men and children across 20 of the 22 provinces and regions, have been able to access services and information promoting safer and more equal lives for all.

The newly published booklet Promoting Gender Equality in Papua New Guinea – Highlights 2012-2022 features the impacts and achievements across the four outcome areas: Women’s Leadership and Influence; Women’s Economic Empowerment; Violence Prevention and Response and Enhanced Knowledge and Understanding.

Building productive partnerships and collaboration has been the key to effective implementation of its program with governments, non-government organisations, the private sector, disabled people’s organisations, coalitions and others to improve the political, economic and social opportunities of women and to end violence against women and girls.

While the Pacific Women program completes its tenure in June 2022, the Australian Government’s commitment and support for gender equality in Papua New Guinea will continue through the new PNG Women Lead program. This follows the transition of the regional Pacific Women program in 2021 to the new, AUD170 million Pacific Women Lead program.

More information on the cumulative impact of Pacific Women in Papua New Guinea since it began in 2012 is detailed in the Pacific Women in Papua New Guinea annual Performance Reports available on the Pacific Data Hub.

Download the highlights booklet: Promoting Gender Equality in Papua New Guinea – Highlights 2012-2022

Download the full report: Pacific Women in Papua New Guinea Performance Report 2021–2022