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Australian visit
 
Femili PNG Operations Manager Denga Ilave visited Cairns, Melbourne, Canberra and Sydney last month in a jam-packed program to spread the word on Femili PNG’s work.
 
Stephen Howes, Femili PNG Chair, and Denga spoke at the Australia-PNG Business Forum in Cairns. In Melbourne, Denga did interviews with ABC TV and radio and also delivered a presentation at the Oxfam office.

In Canberra, she participated in a panel at the Development Policy Centre, ANU, with the Secretary for Community Development, Anna Solomon, and Kymberley Kepore, CEO of the Oil Search Foundation. This was followed by a positive meeting with officers from DFAT. The same panel also spoke at the Lowy Institute in Sydney, and in Sydney Denga was also able to meet with Mundango Abroad to talk about the work of Femili PNG and to speak to ABC Radio's The World Today. She also visited the Avondale Adventist College in rural Cooronbong, and spoke to some students, lecturers and their families.
 
Read more about the trip on our website, or visit the links to media appearances and panel events below:
 
» There is hope for PNG and Australia’s shared domestic violence challenge, op-ed by Denga Ilave published on ABC’s The Drum, 20 May 2016.
» Femili PNG Lae centre providing vital support for survivors of family violence, Radio Australia, 18 May 2016.
» UN urges action on family violence in PNG, The World, ABC News 24, 18 May 2016.
» Interview with Alex Sloane - MP3 file, ABC 666 Afternoons, 19 May 2016.
» Programs making a difference to PNG’s high rates of family violence, The World Today - Radio National, 23 May 2016.
» PNG needs to train more counsellors, Australian Associated Press, 1 June 2016.
» Tackling domestic violence in Papua New Guinea, interview with 2ser radio, 31 May 2016.
» New approaches to tackling gender-based violence in PNG - livestream catch up, public panel at ANU.
» New approaches to tackling gender-based violence in PNG – podcast, public panel at ANU.
» New approaches to tackling gender-based violence in PNG – podcast, public panel at the Lowy Institute.
» Gender-based violence in PNG: new approaches, new promise– blog summary of panel discussions.
 
US Ambassador makes surprise visit to Femili PNG
 
The Femili PNG team were happy to welcome US Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Catherine Ebert-Gray, on her visit to Lae this month. Ambassador Ebert-Gray and Economic Officer, Brad Coley, made a surprise stop-over at the Femili PNG office to learn more about the organisation.
 
In a letter thanking the team after her visit, Ambassador Ebert-Gray said that Femili PNG’s work was a highlight of her trip to “beautiful, charming” Lae.
 
“My time with your staff at Femili PNG was particularly inspiring,” the Ambassador wrote.
 
“You are doing such tremendous work to help the women and children of Lae and its surrounding areas,” she wrote.
 
“Please know that I value your work and will be telling your story throughout my travels in PNG.”
 
Read more.
 
Landmark FSV court case in Lae
 
In a major breakthrough for survivors of family and sexual violence, the National Court in Lae last month sentenced a couple to a total of 50 years in prison with hard labour for persistent sexual abuse of a child under the age of 16. In the past, authorities in Lae have struggled to prosecute FSV cases, but with greater coordination, service providers were able to see the case through to sentencing.
 
“This was one of the very few cases we’ve successfully executed,” the Arresting Officer on the case said.
 
“Most times, when there are no witnesses, cases like this are thrown out. But with good networking and collaboration with other organisations and individuals, we have created history,” she said.
 
Femili PNG provided a range of support to the victim and her mother in order to help them remain safe throughout the legal process, and to travel back to Lae to provide statements.
 
Read the full story.

New Development Manager

This month we've welcomed Lindy Kanan to Femili PNG as the organisation's new Canberra-based Development Manager, replacing Kath Taplin. Welcome Lindy!

We'd like to thank Kath for her huge contributions to Femili PNG since taking on the Development Manager role in early 2015. She has been instrumental in building new partnerships, further improving policies and procedures, getting the word out about Femili PNG's work and much, much more. We are thrilled that she has agreed to stay involved as a pro-bono consultant and member of the Technical Advisory Group.
 
More than $12,000 raised for Femili PNG in 2016 Canberra Half Marathon

Femili PNG Chair Stephen Howes, his wife Clare and their son Matthew successfully completed the Canberra Half Marathon on May 22. If that wasn’t enough of an achievement, they also raised more than $12,000 for Femili PNG by running the 21.1km event.
 
Stephen and Clare successfully ran the race last year, raising more than $7000, so they increased their fundraising efforts by $5,000 this time!

Just because their run is over doesn’t mean you can’t still contribute to their fundraising efforts – sponsorship is still open and you can make a tax-deductible donation here.
 
Donate before the end of the financial year
 
It’s almost tax time, which makes it the ideal time to make a tax-deductible donation to Femili PNG. We have tax-deductible donations available in Australia through our partnership with AFAP, and also in PNG. Donate here. You can always find out more about our work on our website, or by contacting info@femilipng.org.
 
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