Pacific Women Papua New Guinea Annual Learning Workshop 2018



The fourth Annual Learning Workshop of the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Program (Pacific Women) in Papua New Guinea was held from 30 April to 2 May 2018 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 2017-2018 in the areas of increasing women’s leadership and decision making, increasing economic opportunities for women, and reducing violence against women and expanding support services.

Workshop 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 2018 workshop were the variety of useful and practical sessions; the active engagement of the Assembly of Disabled Persons as presenters, participants and interpreters; and the engagement of the Sanap Wantaim Youth Group. The youth advocates facilitated sessions, led daily energisers and performed at the evening networking events.

Participants from Pacific Women funded partners, research institutions, government agencies, nongovernmental organisations, the private sector and interested individuals attended the workshop.

You can download a copy of the 2018 Annual Learning Workshop Report here or at the bottom of this page.

Speaking at the opening of the event, Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis reaffirmed Australia and Papua New Guinea’s shared commitment to improving the political, economic and social advancement of women in Papua New Guinea. About the Workshop’s opening –

At the end of the fourth Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development (Pacific Women) PNG Annual Learning workshop, participants walked away with new connections, tools and ideas –

The Workshop report is also available on our website –


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

Day One, Monday 30 April Women’s Economic Empowerment

Pacific Women PNG_Women’s Economic Empowerment progress update


Day One Learning and Reflection session resources:

Family Teams outcomes and learning: Barbara Pamphilon, University of Canberra – Day1 Learning and Reflection_BarbaraPamphilon_Family Teams key outcomes and learnings

Do No Harm Guidance Notes: Emily Ellis, International Women’s Development Agency – Day1 Learning and Reflection_Emily Ellis_IWDA Do No Harm Guidance Notes

Household characteristics associated with women’s greater role in decision-making and links to financial literacy: Rohan Fox, Australian National University – Day1 Learning and Reflection_RohanFox_Womens role in financial decision making

Reflecting on the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York: Lily Be’Soer, Voice for Change – Day1 Learning and Reflection_LilyBesoer_Reflecting on the UN Commission on the Status of Women


Day One Afternoon session/presentation resources:

Behaviour Change Communication: Group One – Sian Rolls, Pacific Women Support Unit and Kate Raseta, Cardno International Development. Group Two – Shannon McVey, Population Services International. Group Three – Nancy Aboga, FHI 360

This workshop session aimed to provide an overview of the concepts of behaviour change communication and presented two case studies to demonstrate how Pacific Women partners’ Population Services International and FHI 360 are using behaviour change communications to support work in health and ending gender based violence.

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Day1 Afternoon_BehaviourChangeCommunication_FHI 360


Games Based Financial Literacy training: Dr Lalen Simeon, Heather Vanua and colleagues, Pacific Adventist University

Participants experienced a component of the games based financial literacy training.

Day1 Afternoon_GamesBasedFinLiteracyTraining_HeatherV&DrLalenS_PacificAdventistUniversity


Implementation of Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Policy in National Capital District Commission: Kila Dick, Kay Ma’a and Ruth Beriso, National Capital District Commission

This session aimed to enhance the understanding of how the National Capital District Commission is implementing the Gender Equity and Social Inclusion Policy.

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Embedding women’s economic empowerment in the result measurement system: Samira Saif, Ravy Ty and Susan Inu, Market Development Facility

This session focused on how the Market Development Facility integrates women’s economic empowerment into the implementation and results measurement system. The Facilitators shared a short case study based on one of their current partnerships from PNG.  Participants will work in small groups to consider the case and present a summary of their discussions.

Day1 Afternoon_Integrating WEE in the Result Measurement System_SamiraS,RavyT&SusanI_MarketDevelopmentFacility


Day Two, Tuesday 1 May – Reducing Family and Sexual Violence and Supporting Survivors

Pacific Women PNG_Reducing Family and Sexual Violence progress update


Day Two Learning and Reflection session resources:
Learnings about communication strategies to counter sorcery accusation related violence: Dr Verena Thomas and Dr Jacqueline Kauli, Queensland University of Technology – Day2 Learnng and Reflection_QUT&CSCM Research Findings_VerenaT&JacquelineK

Development and use of IEC toolkit materials – Communicating the Law toolkit: Umba Peter, Kafe Urban Settlers Women’s Association, Mary Kini, Highlands Women Human Rights Defenders and Helen Mark, Oxfam International – Day2 Learnng and Reflection_IEC Toolkit QUT_Oxfam_HelenM,MaryK&UmbaP

Schools based programs – reflections from Bougainville: Rebecca Kossin, Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation and Elena Leddra, International Women’s Development Agency – Day2 Learning and Reflection_School Based Program Presentation_RebeccaK&ElenaL


Day Two Afternoon session/presentation resources:

Activity-Based learning: Sanap Wantaim, Jeanette Ila, UN Women
This session aimed to provide participants with an overview of strategies and approaches that can be used to engage young people and develop young leaders. Participants also learned about the strategies used by the Sanap Wantaim campaign to engage young people and develop youth leaders. Participants were taken through some activity-based approaches used to build leadership and strengthen teams.

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Using tool kits: Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation, Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee and FHI 360.
This session provided an introduction to toolkits. Participants were provided with an awareness of a range of toolkits and the opportunity to discuss toolkits in more detail later in smaller groups.


Day2_StrategicBehaviourChangeCommunication_FHI 360



Day Three, Wednesday 2 May – Women’s Leadership and Decision Making

Pacific Women PNG_Women’s Leadership and Influence progress update


Day Three Learning and Reflection session resources:

Evaluation of civic education awareness and voter behavior: Emily Ellis, International Women’s Development Agency – Day3 Learning and Reflection_MargaretteK&FlorenceN_VoterEducationProject

Learnings from leadership and management training: Karen Mitchell, WINGS Education – Day3 Learning and Reflection_KarenMitchell&RachelKonaka_reflectingOnLeadership&MngmngtTrng

Barriers to girls’ participation in education: Ms Rosemary Karo, Education Capacity Development Fund – Day3 Learning and Reflection_RosemaryKaro_BarriersToGirlsParticipationInEducation


Afternoon session/presentation resources:

Women Human Rights Defenders and Male Advocates working together: Sister Josephine Lahio and Rebecca Kossin, Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation, and Elena Leddra, International Women’s Development Agency
This session examined strategies for working with both women and men as Women Human Rights Defenders. Presenters provided an overview of strategies, experiences and key outcomes of working with both Women Human Rights Defenders and Male Advocates, engaging participants in interactive discussion of key roles, principles and standards for Women Human Rights Defenders and Male Advocates in the sphere of addressing family and sexual violence, gender inequality and building safer and peaceful communities.

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Useful resources for PNG: UN Women

This session provided an introduction to resources developed by various partners. Participants were provided with an awareness of the resource developed for the Papua New Guinea context and the opportunity to discuss in more detail later in smaller groups.

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