Pacific Women Papua New Guinea Annual Learning Workshop 2019

Participants of the Pacific Women Papua New Guinea Annual Learning Workshop 2019.

The Fifth Annual Learning Workshop of the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development program (Pacific Women) in Papua New Guinea was held from 29 April to 1 May 2019 at the Grand Papua Hotel, Port Moresby. The workshop offered an opportunity for Pacific Women-funded and non-funded partners to come together to discuss their work and research and to share lessons about what is working, the challenges, and the opportunities for promoting gender equality in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific.

The workshop provided an update on activities, research, innovation, and good practice undertaken by Pacific Women and its partners in 2018–2019 in the areas of increasing women’s leadership and decision making, increasing economic empowerment for women, and reducing violence against women and expanding support services.

Participants presented research findings, outcomes from their projects and facilitated mini skills-building workshops to share tools and approaches that work in their various projects. Throughout the workshop, participants were able to expand their networks, develop their skills, and engage in meaningful discussion with people who are contributing to gender equality and the empowerment of women in Papua New Guinea.

Highlights of the 2019 workshop were the variety of useful and practical sessions. Workshop presentations and documents were made available on Niunet, a digital platform supported by Papua New Guinean entrepreneur Rebekah Ilave. Participants valued the engagement of disability organisations from the National Capital District and Unggai-Bena, Eastern Highlands province as presenters, participants and interpreters. The sessions facilitated by young women leaders from Bougainville were a highlight, as were sessions facilitated by community level women entrepreneurs and advocates. The continued engagement of the Sanap Wantaim Youth Group and the new marketplace initiative were well received. The White Cane Band comprising of five visually impaired musicians delighted participants at the closing night drinks.

Participants from Pacific Women-funded partners, research institutions, government agencies, non-governmental organisations, the private sector and interested individuals attended the workshop. The total of 284 people (222 women and 62 men) attended, eight of whom identified as having a disability and 160 people attended all three days. Over 100 different organisations were represented at the workshop. This included 39 officers from 15 Government Departments along with 29 Pacific Women partners and 55 other organisations.

You can download a copy of the 2019 Annual Learning Workshop Report here or at the bottom of the page.

The Acting Australian High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Caitlin Wilson, officially opened the workshop. Ms Wilson highlighted the importance of promoting gender equality and the commitment of the Australian Government to supporting more equitable outcomes for women and girls in Papua New Guinea.

For more about the Workshop opening, refer to the Day 1 Media Release. At the end of the fifth Pacific Women Papua New Guinea Annual Learning workshop, participants walked away with new connections, tools and ideas. For more about the end of the Workshop, refer to the Day 3 Media Release.

The following are presentations that have been made available by presenters at the Workshop:

Day One – Theme: Women’s Economic Empowerment

Pacific Women Papua New Guinea Women’s Economic Empowerment progress update: download the presentation here.

Morning Learning and Reflection session resources:

Afternoon sessions and presentation resources:

1. Panel discussions

a. Gender Equity and Social Inclusion initiatives in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific

This session provided an overview of the progress made in rolling out Gender Equity and Social Inclusion (GESI) initiatives in Government Departments in Papua New Guinea. Participants also learnt about gender equity and social inclusion at the regional level.


  • Talei Tuinamuana, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat;
  • Emmanuel Ginis, Department of Personnel Management;
  • Michelle Taumpson, Constitutional and Law Reform Commission.

Download session material(s): GESI initiatives in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific; What are the GESI priorities at the regional level; and Papua New Guinea GESI Policy and Priorities for 2019.

b. Supporting the private sector improve gender policies and practices

Panellists shared strategies they have used to engage and support private sector groups improve their gender inclusive policies and practices.


  • Eli Webb, Center for International Private Enterprise;
  • Evonne Kennedy, Business Coalition for Women;
  • Elsie Mongoru, CARE;
  • Amanda Anderson, Oil Search Foundation.

Download session material(s): Creating opportunity for women in Papua New Guinea by supporting entrepreneurship; and Coffee industry supporting private sector.

c. Legal responses to family and sexual violence

Panellists shared how the Papua New Guinea justice sector is responding to family and sexual violence.


  • Mercy Tamate, Office of the Public Prosecutor;
  • Fiona Kakarere, Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary;
  • Nicol Cave, Pacific Women Support Unit.

Download session material(s): Legal response to family sexual violence.

2. Presentations

a. Integrating family teams approaches

Presenters presented on how the family teams or family business approach is being integrated into agriculture and other economic empowerment initiatives.


  • Gure’ahafo Tumae, Fresh Produce Development Agency;
  • Waiyaki Bongi, CARE.

Download session material(s): Integrating Family Farm Teams Approaches; and The Family Farm approach.

b. Parenting for Child Development

Presenters talked about their work with parents to understand their child’s development needs, how it is being rolled out in communities, working with churches and schools, and the difference it is making, including in reducing violence between partners.


  • Gary Robinson, Menzies School of Health Research;
  • Josephine Mill, UNICEF.

Download session material(s): Pasim bilong lukautim pikinini gut.

3. Workshops

a. What are we, and what could we, be doing to respond to child abuse?

The workshop provided an opportunity for participants working in civil society and government to connect and explore ways to work together.


  • Otto Trur, NCD Family and Child Protection Services;
  • Chelsea Magini, Australian High Commission.

Download session material(s): Child Abuse from NCD Child and Family Services.

Day Two – Theme: Violence Prevention and Response

Pacific Women Papua New Guinea Violence Prevention and Response progress update: download the presentation here.

Morning Learning and Reflection session resources:

Afternoon sessions and presentation resources:

1. Panel discussions

a. Markets – Increasing women’s leadership and influence

Presenters shared their learnings from three Pacific nations about the mobilization of vendors, forming vendor associations and opportunities created for vendors and market divisions as a result.


  • Angeline Fatiaki, Australian High Commission Fiji;
  • Jemma Malcom, Australian High Commission Solomon Islands;
  • Adekemi Ndieli, UN Women.

Download session material(s): Markets for Change panel AHC Fiji; and Safe City Impact Evaluation Findings Relating to Women Vendor’s Voices – UN Women.

b. Adolescent sexual and reproductive health

Presenters shared the outcomes of two studies into adolescent understanding of sexual reproductive health and use of contraceptives and services.


  • Angela Kelly-Hanku, PNG Institute of Medical Research;
  • Gabriel Kuman, FHI 360.

Download session material(s): Family planning formative study findings; and Sexual reproductive health and young people.

2. Presentations

a. Sorcery Accusation-Related Violence – what we are learning?

Presenters shared the steps they have taken to address sorcery accusations in Papua New Guinea and how programs can be developed to address sorcery accusation-related violence.


  • Fiona Hukula, PNG National Research Institute;
  • Verena Thomas and Jacqueline Kauli, Queensland University of Technology;
  • Serah Chapau, Oxfam.

Download session material(s): Sorcery Accusation-Related Violence what we are learning – NRI; Sorcery Accusation-Related Violence What we’re Learning – Oxfam; and Yumi Sanap Strong What are we learning – QUT.

b. Forming Coalitions

Presenters shared their experiences forming and sustaining effective coalitions.


  • Mary Kini, Highlands Women’s Human Rights Network;
  • Elyse McInerney, International Women’s Development Agency;
  • Lilly Be’Soer, Voice for Change.

Download session material(s): We Rise Coalition – IWDA.

3. Workshops

a. Considering gender in non-gender specific programs

The workshop provided participants with the opportunity to consider how to move their programs towards being gender transformative.

Facilitator: Kate Butcher, Australian High Commission Gender Adviser.

Download session material(s): Considering Gender in non-gender specific programs.

b. Gender Statistics 101 – What do you need to know?

The workshop provided key gender concepts and explored types of data needed to report on PNG government and Pacific regional priorities.

Facilitator: Kim Robertson, Pacific Community.

Download session material(s): Gender Statistics 101 What you need to know.

Day Three – Theme: Women’s Leadership and Influence

Ms Loia Vaira, Department of National Planning and Monitoring provided a comprehensive overview of the current social development status on Papua New Guinea and the Government of PNG’s Medium Term Development Plan III goals: download the presentation here.

Pacific Women Papua New Guinea Women’s Leadership and Influence progress update: download the presentation here.

Morning Learning and Reflection session resources:

Afternoon sessions and presentation resources:

1. Panel discussions

a. Gender-sensitive infrastructure

Panellists shared strategies to employ to ensure that women’s needs and use of infrastructure are included in the planning, monitoring and building stages and why this is important.


  • Brenda Andrias, UN Women;
  • Philip Martin, World Bank; Evelyn Mopafi, Incentive Fund IV.

Download session material(s): Gender and Infrastructure, World Bank; and Gender Sensitive Infrastructure, UN Women.

b. Communities taking the lead to prevent gender-based violence

Three organisations shared how they work with communities to prevent gender based-violence and why they think these approaches are working.


  • Diane Anton, Oxfam;
  • Agnes Titus, Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation;
  • Petrina Lee, FHI 360.

Download session material(s): Communities taking lead to prevent gender-based violence.

c. SASA! adaptation in the Pacific

Cross country learnings about adapting SASA! in different country contexts.


  • Lizzie Adams, The Asia Foundation;
  • Shannon McVey, Population Services International PNG;
  • Shabina Khan, UN Women Multi-country Office Suva

Download session material(s): Experiences of Adapting SASA! to the Pacific, UN Women; SASA! in Timor Leste, The Asia Foundation; SASA! Adaptation Reflections – PSIPNG.

2. Presentations

a. Important law reforms to promote gender equality in Papua New Guinea

Presenters presented on the law reforms in the area of leadership and gender equality that will reshape women’s advancement.

Presenter: Dorothy Mimiko, Constitutional and Law Reform Commission.

Download session material(s): Update on Women Empowerment Reforms.

b. Work strengthening Family and Sexual Violence referral pathways for survivors

Presenters updated about the work underway to strengthen PNG referral pathways for survivors of violence from a policy and practice perspective.


  • Denga Ilave, Femili PNG;
  • Isi Oro, Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee.

Download session material(s): Case Management services, Femili PNG.

3. Workshops

a. Do No Harm. What it means in practice

This double session introduced participants to the Do Harm Toolkits. Participants explored how the tools can be used to help projects integrate gender and power analysis, conduct safety mapping and develop policies.

Facilitator: Elyse McInerney, International Women’s Development Agency.

Download session material(s): Do No Harm – IWDA.

b. Disability data collection tools

Participants explored data collection tools developed by CARE, Femili PNG, Assembly for Disabled Persons and the Unggai-Bena Disabled Persons Organisation. Participants practiced using the tools.


  • Steven Ete and Willie Kelly, Unggai-Bena Disabled Persons Organisation;
  • Denga Ilave, Femili PNG,

Download session material(s): Inclusive Data Collection, Femili PNG; Disability Data Collection Tools.