The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Papua New Guinea Country Office in coordination with Milne Bay Provincial Health Authority (PHA) launched the project “Strengthening national health sector capacity to deliver survivor-centred response to gender-based violence (GBV) survivors in Papua New Guinea”. The project was made possible with the financial backing from Zonta International
Zonta International has committed US$1,000,000 to UNFPA for a two year project across Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste, the two countries with the highest lifetime prevalence of intimate partner violence.
The project is expected to directly benefit over 150,000 people in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and in Milne Bay provinces of Papua New Guinea. Milne Bay will receive approximately PGK 700,000 to strengthen the Provincial Government’s response to GBV through specialized health services at Family Support Centers.
The two-year project was launched at Alotau Provincial Hospital on Wednesday June 2, 2021 and is aimed at providing quality essential services including long term recovery for women and girls who experience violence in Papua New Guinea.
Dr Perister Mamadi, CEO of Alotau Provincial Hospital speaking at the event noted that gender-based violence and sexual harassment issues, are bigger than just being health issues. However when it comes to justice, that is the area PNG needs to address as a nation. From law enforcement to the justice sector and the health services all need to step up and coordinate well. Dr Mamadi was grateful for the partnership now created between Zonta, UNFPA, Milne Bay PHA, the Provincial Administration and encouraged everyone to work as a team to bring about positive change in the province.
Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. It envisions a world in which women’s rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential.
Feature Pic Caption: Project Launch Participants in Alotau. Credit: UNFPA