Up and running
The CMC began providing services in July, and has already been able to achieve positive outcomes for women and children experiencing family and sexual violence in Lae through coordination with local stakeholders, advocacy for clients and reintegration of women and children to their families. We’re also providing practical help to other service providers, such as a secure fence for a safe house.
Recognition of the CMC
We’ve been fortunate in recent months to see some very positive recognition of the CMC’s role in combatting family and sexual violence in PNG.
At an event at ANU in September on women’s empowerment, DFAT Deputy Secretary Ewen McDonald told the audience:
“I actually went and saw the Case Management Centre on its very first day in Lae and I was incredibly impressed by the nine people working there, the case managers and the assistant case managers, and also the leadership of Daisy who is running that centre, which is an incredibly important centre in terms of providing support to women who have been affected by domestic violence in PNG.”
A recent analysis paper for the Lowy Institute by Jo Chandler also recognised the importance of the project, calling it “one of the most promising Australian-backed projects”.
Femili PNG Director Dr Kamalini Lokuge was invited to testify at the Parliamentary inquiry into the human rights of women and girls in the Indian Ocean-Asia Pacific, speaking about the issue of violence in PNG and the work of the CMC, based off our submission here. Read the transcript of the hearing in Hansard here.
Two exciting positions available with Femili PNG
Want to work to support survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea?
Femili PNG currently has two positions available.
The Development Manager role is a part-time position for someone based in Canberra who is happy to make regular trips to PNG. It is a senior position within the organisation and provides an exciting opportunity to take what has been initiated to the next level in terms of oversight, expansion, communications and fundraising. The full position description and application details are available here. Applications close on November 13.
The second role is an Australian Volunteers for International Development (AVID) assignment for a Stakeholder Engagement Adviser, based with Oxfam (our implementing partner for the project) in Port Moresby. We are looking for someone who can help us and Oxfam achieve Femili PNG’s goals of advocacy and national impact through engagement with key business and NGO stakeholders, and who will also support our fundraising and communications efforts. You can see the full position description here and apply here. Applications close October 21.
For further details on either of the positions, contact Femili PNG chair Stephen Howes (email@example.com).
You may have noticed our new name on this email and the website: Femili PNG. The management committee decided that as an organisation, we needed something shorter and snappier going forward, so Femili PNG is now the name for the PNG-based NGO that runs the Case Management Centre (CMC) in Lae. The name change has been approved by our management committee through a special resolution and submitted to the Registrar of Companies in PNG for approval. We hope it rolls off the tongue a little more easily!
- Listen to a podcast of the Development Policy Centre and ANU Gender Institute’s recent event, Voice and agency: empowering women and girls for shared prosperity. Dame Carol Kidu was one of the speakers on the panel.
- A recent radio documentary and video focused on the issue of gender-based violence in PNG, speaking to some of Oxfam’s partners.
- Jo Chandler spoke on a panel at Lowy Institute and wrote a blog on her recent paper on violence against women in PNG.
- The Development Policy Centre hosted two PNG women leaders in July. Stephanie Copus-Campbell spoke to them about some of the challenges facing professional women in PNG.
- Inez Mikkelsen-Lopez wrote on the problem of missing medical reports when survivors of gender-based violence try to access justice.
We welcome queries and expressions of interest. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to send out newsletters, and will also be posting updates on our website.