The Governments of Australia and Papua New Guinea have announced a five year plan to promote gender equality in PNG.

The plan, delivered through an Australian Pacific women’s development initiative, will focus on creating leadership and economic opportunities for women and effectively reducing family and sexual violence.

Australia and PNG recognise that women who are economically secure can better access education and health services.  They have expanded opportunities to take on leadership or decision-making roles in their communities and workplaces, boosting economic and political participation.

Family and sexual violence is unacceptable in any form. Investing in stopping violence not only improves women’s safety but also improves their health, education, leadership and economic opportunities, and those of the entire community.

Australia and PNG will support a coordinated response involving government, non-government, the private sector and community organisations. We will pilot and evaluate new and innovative approaches to prevent violence.

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