National GBV strategy launched

Work on gender-based violence will now be strengthened in Papua New Guinea following the launch of a new national strategy today in Port Moresby.

It will cost the Government and partners K112 million to implement the strategy over a 10 year period.

The National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to GBV 2016-2025 was officially launched by Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development Delilah Gore.

The strategy aims to strengthen the work on GBV in order to achieve zero-tolerance towards GBV by 2025 and as per PNG Vision 2050.

The GBV Strategy was endorsed by the National Executive Council on December 15.

Consultations and information content of the strategy were led by the Department for Community Development and Religion (DfCDR) through the Office for the Development of Women (ODW), in partnership with the national Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC).

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in PNG provided technical advice and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provided financial support.

Minister for Community Development, Youth and Religion Delilah Gore said the strategy sets in motion the long-term commitment from the Government to effectively address GBV in PNG.

Gore said the strategy will be supported by multi-year plans of action which will allow for more detailed planning and budgeting based on regular monitoring and evaluation.

She acknowledged the work of the FSVAC, civil society organisations, churches, faith-based organisations and the private sector.

The funding will come from the Government together with partners including NGOs and international agencies looking at how we all can address GBV over the 10 year period.

A Secretariat to administer the GBV Strategy will be established at a cost of K2.5 million.


Quintina Naime