Papua New Guinea

Through Pacific Women, the Australian Government will spend approximately $88 million over 10 years (2012–2022) on initiatives supporting women’s empowerment in Papua New Guinea. More information on the partnership and nature of support is included in the Pacific Women Papua New Guinea Country Plan Summary. This is Papua New Guinea’s second country plan and several of the activities are ongoing and a continuation of the first country plan. Details on activities currently underway in-country with various partners is available via our interactive map. The list of program partners can be found here. Papua New Guinea is also supported by Pacific Women’s regional program, details of which can be viewed on the interactive map under regional activities.

Pacific Women works in the following areas within Papua New Guinea

Stories of Change


Using family-based models to enhance women’s agency

A number of projects funded by Pacific Women are using innovative, family-based approaches to help communities and families make decisions about issues such as family size, financial planning and sexual, reproductive and maternal health.

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Supporting government to end sorcery accusation-related violence

The Government of Papua New Guinea has adopted a holistic multiple partner approach to ending violence that occurs in response to sorcery accusations through the 2015 Sorcery and Witchcraft Accusation Related Violence National Action Plan.

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Campaigning for change

The Women in Leadership Support Program has been working with women intending to contest the 2017 and 2022 national general elections and the 2018 local-level government election in Papua New Guinea.

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Value for money support for women in the coffee industry

CARE’s Coffee Industry Support Project is improving outcomes for women in the industry. Farmers’ income has increased as a result of their products qualifying for specialty markets.

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