10 October 2017
Australia Awards – Papua New Guinea launched its On-Award Enrichment program with a series of workshops in September on Exploring gender equality and ending gender-based violence.
Participants at workshops held in Melbourne, Townsville and Brisbane gained a greater understanding of gender equality, how it intersects with the global issue of gender-based violence, and how both men and women can play a role in effective responses.
Gender-based violence is a challenge that Papua New Guinea and Australia both face, with at least one woman killed by a partner or former partner in Australia each week.
“Today we uncovered all the excuses we make for gender-based violence,” said Molimali Wohuinangu Jacob, a Senior School Teacher studying at the University of Queensland.
Workshop facilitators Cara Ellickson, Director of the Gender Consortium at Flinders University, and Glenn Davies, Gender and Social Inclusion Development Specialist, were inspired by the participants’ insightful conversations and in-depth examination of the evidence that informs gender analysis.
Cara said, “Sharing the evidence base for ending gender-based violence with these future Papua New Guinean leaders was such a rewarding teaching and learning experience.
“Their serious and passionate engagement with key gender analysis concepts, along with their commitment to exploding the myths that drive gender based violence, has me feeling very hopeful that change in this area is possible.”
Glen said, “I was honoured to work with these proud Papua New Guineans, share their journey, and know that their learning will result in transformational change in beautiful Papua New Guinea.”
The On-Award Enrichment program empowers awardees as future leaders, supporting Papua New Guinea’s social and economic development and the #PNGAusPartnership.