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Marking International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a day to recognise the barriers to equality facing women around the world, and gender-based violence is one of the most pervasive.

Ahead of IWD2016, Femili PNG’s work with survivors of family and sexual violence was featured by The Guardian newspaper, after reporter Helen Davidson visited Lae and met with staff and clients.

Two powerful stories feature Femili PNG’s work with local safe houses and other partners and document the challenging experiences of survivors, describing how case management has helped them access the services they need to try and make a fresh start against the odds.

Read the stories: International Women’s Day is also about recognising the contributions, capabilities and resilience of women. Our team in Lae does tremendous and difficult work to help survivors of violence, overwhelmingly women, to achieve better outcomes. If you’d like to support the efforts of our team of strong and passionate women case workers, and the female and male colleagues who support them, donate here.

A message to PNG businesses – thanks for the shot in the arm

A lot is often said about engaging with the private sector, but when it comes to business engagement on addressing family and sexual violence in PNG, the wheels are actually in motion.

Femili PNG has been engaging closely with business –  we receive their in-kind and financial support, undertake outreach work with hundreds of their staff and collaborate on activities to raise awareness of family and sexual violence and how it can be addressed. There’s so many other positive examples.

Kath Taplin recently wrote about the heartening and important partnerships we have with businesspeople in Lae and PNG more broadly who are also passionate about ending family and sexual violence in their communities. Read more.

Femili PNG speaks at US Embassy’s Women’s Forum



Femili PNG’s Operations Manager Ms Denga Ilave (with microphone above) was selected to speak at the US Embassy’s PNG Women’s Forum in March 2016.

The forum is focused on advancing gender justice and economic opportunity for women, and draws from participants from across PNG.  Priority for participation is given to women in leadership roles within community and civil society groups, business owners, emerging young leaders, up and coming public servants, and men with a strong interest in women’s empowerment and gender equality.

Ms Ilave said of the event:  “It really went well… the theme was ‘Women Empowering Women: Her success is your success’. I was one among three fortunate women to win K1000 for Femili PNG with my participation in an activity during the forum. People approached afterwards saying how impressed they were with the work Femili PNG does.”

This is the second year Femili PNG has participated in the US Embassy’s Women’s Forum event.

New Australian High Commissioner to PNG visits Femili PNG

On his first official visit to Lae in January 2016, new Australian High Commissioner to PNG Mr Bruce Davis visited the team at Femili PNG to learn more about their work.

On the visit, Mr Davis and his wife Meg Johnson met with the staff of Femili PNG’s Case Management Centre, and discussed their approach to supporting survivors through case management working closely with other local service providers, such as the police, safe houses and family support centre.

Mr Davis told the team that his visit to hear about Femili PNG’s work had made it clear to him just how valuable and important it was. Read more about the visit here.

Dr Kamalini Lokuge becomes Femili PNG Research Director

Dr Kamalini Lokuge, Femili PNG’s founding Director, who played a pivotal role in the establishment of Femili PNG and its Case Management Centre in Lae, has been appointed as the Femili PNG Research Director.

After several years of intensive involvement on the Femili PNG Management Committee and Executive Management Committee and as Director, Dr Lokuge has decided to stand down from these roles and focus on guiding Femili PNG’s monitoring, evaluation and research efforts in the new role of Research Director.

A statement of appreciation by the Femili PNG Management Committee can be found here.

Donate

Femili PNG is able to help more survivors, whether they are staying in a safe house, relocating, or being supported by our case workers, with the generous support of donations.

Thank you to everyone who has donated to us through our AFAP website: our partnership with AFAP allows us to provide tax-deductible donations. 95% of the funds you donate will support our project. We are now also able to accept tax-deductible donations in PNG via bank transfer (details here).

If you haven’t yet, please consider making a one-off or, even better, a monthly donation. We undertake to provide you with information about the work your donation contributes towards via the Femili PNG Updates and our upcoming Annual Report describing achievements, challenges and planned future directions. You can also contact us at info@femilipng.org to discuss how Femili PNG helps survivors of violence.
 
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