Understanding how crises affect women and men, girls and boys of different ages and disparities is critical to effective humanitarian preparedness and response. Women, girls, boys and men have distinct needs, priorities, responsibilities, limitations and protection needs. They are exposed to differential risks and vulnerabilities but also play unique and important roles in preparedness and in responding to emergencies, conflicts and building peace within their respective communities. Gender equality in humanitarian action is about better targeting and programming and therefore about effectiveness of humanitarian action reaching all segments of the affected population.
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In brief the assessment found extensive and continuing need for humanitarian assistance in the each of the communities visited during the assessment. In three of the communities visited namely Huiya, Dodomona and Walagu the scale of need is significant with the majority of householders in each community displaced and continuing to be severely affected by the effects of the earthquake that struck on the 26th February 2018.
The frequency and intensity of natural hazards such as droughts, cyclones and tsunamis in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are increasing each year, putting more and more people at risk. These emergencies impact differently on women, men, girls and boys, depending on their status in society, their capacity to cope and respond and their gender roles and responsibilities in the household and in the community. Women and girls are at particular risk due to their increased workload and caring responsibilities.
Port Moresby, 3 August 2017 – The United Nations Development Programme has joined the Registrar of Political Parties, the Chief Ombudsman and the highest polling female candidate in the national elections to call for political leaders, governments and voters to commit to real change to progress female participation in politics, after no women were elected to the 2017 Papua New Guinea Parliament.
IOM hosted a forum on Land and Property Rights for Internally Displaced Persons.
IOM facilitated a countrywide data collection exercise in IDP communities.
IOM developed and handed over to PNG National Disaster Centre the Disaster Risk Management - Information Management System database.
Women promote peace following 10-year conflict
August 2016—Angeline Kobuko, a young woman from the Bana district of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, is the youth president of her community. A strong leader, she represents the voice of the youth at district meetings on pressing issues, such as violence prevention.
Kobuko is a survivor of violence herself. She grew up in a turbulent home where arguments between her parents often turned physical. Over time, Kobuko became fearful of interacting with others, and she avoided her peers.
· WFP is finishing up its first round of food distribution in the Hela and Enga Provinces of the Highlands Region and is preparing for a second round to reach 127,000 people.
· On 18 July, WFP began a food distribution that will reach 28,000 people in the Western and Southern Highlands Provinces.
· On 08 August, WFP will initiate a food distribution in Milne Bay Province to reach 52,000 people.
207,000 people in need of food assistance.
By Maia Barmish
Raising four boys alone, 47 year-old Lucy Kukue was especially vulnerable to the aggressive behaviors rampant in her small village in South Bougainville, Papua New Guinea. While walking alone at night or on weekends, Lucy faced a constant threat of harassment by intoxicated men from nearby villages. She felt housebound and depressed, adding stress to her already challenging life as a single mother.
1.47 million people food insecure 180,000 hungry people in need of food assistance
325 metric tons of fortified rice delivered to date
4,930 households — 24,650 people— reached with each household receiving 70 kilogram rations of rice lasting 6 weeks Photo: A family receives fortified rice in Pilikambi Rural LLG.
The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural disasters such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in the world in terms casualties and people affected per inhabitant. The European Commission provides humanitarian assistance to the region both in terms of disaster preparedness and emergency relief when major disasters strike.
Introduction and Executive Summary
A Rapid Gender Analysis (RGA) is designed to provide information about the different needs, capacities and coping strategies of women, men, girls and boys in a crisis. The objective of this RGA is to provide an overview of the gender relations between men, women, boys and girls in those Papua New Guinea’s highland provinces affected by drought and frost as a result of the 2015 El Niño event.
The Pacific region is frequently hit by natural calamities such as floods, earthquakes and cyclones. Pacific countries rank among the highest in casualties and people affected per inhabitant.
Promoting and enabling active participation of both women and men in training, planning and decision-making for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and emergency response is crucial for reducing vulnerability to natural calamities in the Pacific.
PORT MORESBY (26 March 2012) – United Nations Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo called* on the Government of Papua New Guinea to reinforce legal and support mechanisms in its fight to eradicate violence against women. At the end of her first fact-finding mission to the country, Ms. Manjoo also urged the authorities to address some of the traditional practices that are harmful to women.
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo, will conduct her first official fact-finding mission to Papua New Guinea from 18 to 26 March 2012.
“During my visit I will look at violence against women broadly, studying the main manifestations, causes and consequences of violence against women in the family, in the community, violence that is perpetrated or condoned by the State, and violence against women in the transnational sphere,” Ms. Manjoo said.
Written By Kate Morioka, ActionAID
ActionAid Australia has released its research report "A Climate for Change - Understanding women’s vulnerability and adaptive capacity to climate change from ActionAid’s rights-based approach – case studies from Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands".
CARE releases report about poverty in remote PNG
CARE Australia has today released a unique but bleak report, Rural Poverty in Remote Papua New Guinea, which provides a detailed statistical snapshot of life for remote communities in rural Papua New Guinea (PNG).
The report, which is a result of collaboration between CARE Australia and the Australian National University’s Development Policy Centre, highlights the ongoing issue of disadvantage in an area which is home to 15 percent of the country’s population.
Papua New Guinea is a constitutional, federal, multiparty, parliamentary democracy with a population of approximately 6.3 million and more than 800 indigenous tribes. The most recent general elections, held in 2007, were marred by bribery, voter intimidation, and influence peddling. A coalition government, led by Prime Minister Michael Somare, was formed following the elections.
This report highlights the urgent, unmet medical and emotional needs of survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea and recommends concrete action in order to meet these needs.
This Partnership Agreement is the result of an extensive Government led formulation process that used the Medium Term Development Strategy as its cornerstone and constitutes a single and unified United Nations Country Programme (UNCP) for 2008-2012 for UNFPA, UNICEF, UNDP, WHO, UNHCR, UNAIDS, OCHA, OHCHR, IFAD, UNIFEM, ILO, UNESCO, FAO, and UN HABITAT.