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A DREAM from the Heart

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

UN Women in PNG has launched a new song composed by Jobecca Watinga, a final year accounting Student at the University of Papua New Guinea. She wrote the song after attending one of Sanap Wantaim’s campaign concerts on promoting Port Moresby as a safe city for women and girls. “I am from a loving Christian home, where its peaceful with no exposure to violence. However, this is not the same for many. The song is about the dreams...

Papua New Guinea taking steps to help women and people with disabilities

Thursday, November 8, 2018

UN Women and other development partners are continuing to support the Papua New Guinea Government’s steps to help people with disabilities and those at risk of gender-based violence. The bi-annual Dialogue on Gender between Government and Development Partners took place on 16 August. The two sides...

Increase in women-only buses eases transport anxieties

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Women and girls feel safer on their daily city commutes now that, with UN Women’s support, a total of eight women-only buses are operating in Port Moresby. Four such buses had been running in the city under an initiative by Ginigoada Foundation, a non-governmental organization. Four more buses were added to the fleet on 11 July. The buses, which have all-women drivers and crew members and charge nominal fares, are licensed by the Road Traffic Authority to run regular routes as public motor vehicles...

Church leaders visit Bougainville to see how they can help prevent conflict

Monday, October 8, 2018

After a four-day trip there, Papua New Guinea’s church leaders now have better understanding of how they help keep the peace when the Autonomous Region of Bougainville holds a landmark referendum next year. With UN Women’s assistance, representatives of the PNG Council of Churches and government, civil society and research organizations made the fact-finding mission to Buka from 20 to 23 August...

Church and women’s leaders push for peace in Papua New Guinea

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Preventing conflict and fostering a culture of peace is of critical importance in many parts of Papua New Guinea, and church groups are trying to help achieve these objectives. With support from UN Women, about 50 members of the PNG Council of Churches, churches from the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Government departments and civil society organizations, women’s groups, and the country’s development partners...

Port Moresby’s youths advocated for peace, in celebration of International Youth Day

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

More than 500 people joined UN Women Sanap Wantaim Youth Advocates on International Youth Day celebration that called on youths to help build peaceful communities and ending violence against women and girls. UN Women’s Sanap Wantaim (Stand Together) Campaign hosted a roadshow with other youth organizations at the Stop & Shop Waigani Central Carparks around the theme “Youth Building Peace “on International Youth Day. Sanap...

A safe and reliable public transport for women and girls

Friday, March 31, 2017

Port Morebsy City authorities launched the first-ever bus timetable in the city. As part of the Safe Public Transport Programme, Ginigoada (UN Women NGO partner) has worked in collaboration with UN Women to provide safe transport options for women and girls in Port Moresby. Since 2015, Ginigoada has operated four women-only buses providing safe and free transit to approx. 650 women and girls daily, supported by the Australian government. Starting...

UN Women Executive Director urges Port Moresby residents to ‘stand together’ for women’s safety

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The women-only bus arrives at Gerehu Market and the crowd cheers. Dressed in native costumes, the Mt. Hagen Mothers dancers from the market vendors association burst into song and dance. Determined not be outshined, the Motu Dance Group, from the traditional landowners of Port Moresby, launched into their performance as well. Market vendors, shoppers, police officers, and youths from Kop Kop College, which shares the fence with...

‘We must write our own legend’: UN Women’s leader urges female politicians of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville to make their presence felt

Monday, February 6, 2017

“Keep on fighting,” UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has told female Members of Parliament (MPs) of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville as they shared stories of breaching barriers and rising to political leadership in societies plagued by civil conflict, poverty and sexism...

At FIFA football final in Papua New Guinea, thousands of fans say no to violence against women

Friday, February 3, 2017

The roars of 15,000 fans at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Final stopped for a few moments today as UN Women and FIFA encouraged them to reject violence against women and girls. UN Women partnered with FIFA, football’s world governing body, to ask the capacity crowd at the National Football Stadium to think about the harsh reality faced by women and girls in Papua New Guinea and around the world.   Before the...

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