Pacific Women 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.