Queen Elizabeth II recognises local woman

Veronica Simogun, the founder of ‘Family for Change’, has been recognised by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as the 14th Commonwealth Point of Light in honour of her work.

Simogun’s nonprofit organisation has supported over 6,000 victims of gender-based violence.

The organisation also aims to overturn the cultural norms that negatively impact women.

Following high levels of domestic violence in her community, Simogun founded the charity to support women and girls and is addressing the root causes of domestic violence by working with schools and local law enforcement.

Each Commonwealth Point of Light will receive a personalised certificate signed by the Queen as Head of the Commonwealth.

The award for Veronica Simogun has been presented by the deputy high commissioner for British High Commission in Papua New Guinea, Simon Burton, on Feb 20.

Simogun thanked the Queen and the British High Commission for her recognition.

Meantime, Burton said Simogun’s recognition is of her great work she has done to establish ‘Family for Change’. 

“The support Veronica offers has touched the lives of so many and having spoken to people she has helped, and members of the community supports, I know she is a very worthy recipient of this award.”

Freddy Mou