Women’s Peace Building in Papua New Guinea
Local women-led organizations and emerging leaders, especially women and youth.
Promoting gender equality and mental health counseling to help reduce gender-based violence and improve safety for all citizens.
Based in the town of Buka with activities throughout the Autonomous Region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.
Strengthening local peace-builders working to reduce impacts of trauma and raise awareness of gender violence prevention.
For nearly a decade, civil war plagued the people of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. By the time the war ended, a tenth of the population had been killed and survivors struggled to recover from the effects of trauma and loss. Without adequate funding to support counseling services, the cycle of violence continued. Now women – the most common victims of this violence – have begun stepping up, leading church groups and civil society organizations to help their families, neighbors and communities reduce violence and create more peaceful communities.
Counterpart’s Women’s Peace Building Initiatives Program, strengthened the capacity of women-led community organizations and leaders working to heal Bougainville from the impacts of war. Our program provided training to men and women, especially youth activists, fighting gender-based abuse and improving safety for all citizens. It also provided grants and technical support to local organizations focused on trauma counseling, mental health and family and sexual violence issues, as well as those advocating for related policy reform.
Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
Collaborators: Bougainville Women’s Federation; Tunaniya Open Learning Centre; Buka General Hospital’s Family Support Centre; Leitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency; ABG Division of Community Development; the Women, Peace and Security Technical Working Group; the Family and Sexual Violence Technical Working Group; and the Mental Health Steering Group.