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Femili PNG on tour: Cairns, Canberra and Sydney

Femili PNG’s Operations Manager Denga Ilave will be embarking on a speaking and awareness-raising tour in Australia next week, discussing Femili PNG’s work in Cairns, Canberra and Sydney.

In Cairns, Denga will be speaking with Femili PNG Chair Stephen Howes at the Australia-PNG Business Forum on Tuesday 17 May. They will be participating in a session on ‘Meeting Career and Social Challenges for Women’. More details and registrations for the forum are available here.

In Canberra and Sydney, Denga will be part of a panel of PNG leaders on the topic of ‘New approaches to tackling gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea’, co-hosted by the Development Policy Centre and the Lowy Institute. Other panelists include Anna Solomon, Secretary of the Department of Community Development; and Kymberly Kepore, CEO of Oil Search Foundation. 

The Canberra event will be held at 12.30pm-2pm, Thursday 19 May, Barton Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. Register here.

For Sydney, the event will take place at 12.45pm-1.45pm, Friday 20 May, Lowy Institute. Registration and details here.

Come along and hear Denga talk about our work – you can also listen to audio of her recent presentation at the US Embassy Women’s Forum here.

Sponsor team Femili PNG in the Canberra Half Marathon

Femili PNG Chair Stephen Howes, his wife Clare and their son Matthew will be running the Canberra Half Marathon on May 22. They will be running in the 21.1km event to raise funds for Femili PNG’s important work to support survivors of family and sexual violence. Stephen and Clare successfully ran the race last year, raising more than $7000. This year, they hope to more than double that effort and reach $15,000.

Get behind their efforts by sponsoring their run here.

Femili PNG and Salvation Army Safe House sign MOU

Femili PNG continues supporting women and children taking refuge at the Salvation Army Safe House in Lae. A Memorandum of Understanding was signed on Tuesday 3 May to pave way for the two organisations to collaboratively provide care and support to the victims and survivors of family and sexual violence cases in Lae.

The MOU was signed by Daisy Plana, Senior Social Worker and CEO of Femili PNG, and Salvation Army Major Giam Densi.

“The MOU strengthens our continuous commitment and effort of both parties in supporting the survivors of intimate-partner violence and their children,” Daisy said.

She said that the organisation has been supporting the safe house since 2015.

Daisy said that Femili PNG began supporting the center by providing bedding and utilities, as well as food and clothes for survivors. Now that the MOU has been signed, Femili PNG will continue to support the safe house with much-needed building maintenance and furniture. Femili PNG is also committed to purchasing and installing solar panels for the safe house, so that its running costs can be reduced.

“Our support is provided to ensure that clients’ basic needs are met while they stay at the safe house,” Daisy said.

“The Salvation Army is doing a great job, and we will continue to support their safe house to make sure that the safety and basic needs of the clients are maintained,” she said.

A Guard Dog Security System panic button was also installed at the centre as a security measure.

In another donation, Femili PNG presented two printers, two boxes of linen sheets and towels, a binding machine, a recording device and a digital camera, and a Guard Dog security panic button to Angau Hospital’s Family Support Centre (FSC). 

The donations were in recognition of the FSC’s continuous commitment and hard work in providing medical and psychological care to child abuse and family and sexual violence survivors.

Anastasia Wakon, the FSC manager, thanked Femili PNG for the donations.

“These is a kind gesture and will help us improve the effectiveness of our work here in the center,” Wakon said.
 
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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