UN Women Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is classified as a lower middle-income country with a gross national per capita income of USD 2,386 in 2021. The country’s population stands at 8.8 million, with 49 percent women. The prevalence of income poverty is at 28 percent, with almost 90 percent of those affected residing in rural areas. Rural women, children and people living with disabilities are the most vulnerable to intersectional and intergenerational poverty, insecurity, and violence.

The Progress towards gender equality in PNG is slow, with the country ranking 160th out of 161 countries on the Gender Inequality Index produced by the UN Development Programme (UNDP). While the 2021 Global Gender Gap Index ranked Papua New Guinea at 135 out of 156 countries. To learn more about UN Women PNG...


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News and Updates

During 16 Days, UN Women Executive Director to visit Papua New Guinea

30 November 2016

UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka will visit Papua New Guinea this week as part of her travels to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This would be the Executive Director’s first visit to the country. During her four-day visit, the focus will be on strengthening collaboration with the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the Autonomous Region of Bougainville and civil society representatives, in order to accelerate progress on gender equality and... more

Press Conference on UN Women Executive Director’s Visit

29 November 2016

United Nations Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is to visit Papua New Guinea to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. Papua New Guinea has been chosen as one of the few countries and will receive the Executive Director between 1st and 4th December. Her first visit to the country aims to reinforce UN Women’s partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea, the... more

Government commits to support campaign for a safe Port Moresby

29 November 2016

It was a sea of orange on Friday November 25th, when more than 500 city residents led by Governor Hon. Powes Parkop braved the sweltering Port Moresby sun and marched to Parliament House to present thousands of signed ‘orange hands’ to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, signifying personal commitments to make the city, a safe one for women and girls. The march was to honour the United Nations... more

U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team joins the “SANAP WANTAIM” Campaign to support a Safe Port Moresby for women and girls

08 November 2016

Heading into the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup, the three-time champion U.S. U-20 Women’s National Team, announced that they will add their voices to thousands of Papua New Guinean youth who, with the support of UN Women and NCDC, are striving to create a new normal in Port Moresby: one where women and girls are safe on the streets, in the buses, and in their schools, places of work and homes. Governor of Port Moresby, the Honorable Powes... more


02 November 2016

Today, newly appointed UN Women Youth Campion, Jay Lieasi; the PNG U-20 Women’s National Team; the Honorable Powes Parkop Governor of Port Moresby, Dr. Jeffery Buchanan, UN Women PNG Country Director and youth from organizations across the city stood together to announce their collective... more

UN Women announces Jay Lieasi as Youth Champion

28 October 2016

UN Women today announced the appointment of American-born, Papua New Guinean-raised Hip Hop sensation Jay Lieasi as Youth Champion to raise awareness on safe city for women and girls, ahead of 25 November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women... more

Papua New Ginean U-20 Women’s Team Stands Together to Create a New Normal for Women and Girls

28 October 2016

The Papua New Guinean U-20 Women’s Team joined UN Women today in launching their campaign #SANAPWANTAIM: the New Normal. Led by Captain Yvonne Gabong, the team stood together with Hip Hop sensation and newly appointed UN Women Youth Campion, Jay Lieasi to announce their vision of new normal in the city of Port Morseby... more


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Safe Markets for Women Vendors

Women represent nearly 80 per cent of Port Moresby's market vendors are. For many of them, selling vegetables is their only source of daily subsistence, and yet markets are not a safe place for them...More