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Project ID:00073287Description:PNG W1: 4.2 Gender-Based Viole
PNG UN Country Fund
Start Date *: 14 Dec 2009
End Date*: 31 Dec 2014
Country: Papua New Guinea Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

WINDOW 1: 4. Gender

UNCP Outcome 4: By 2012, women and girls experience fewer gender inequalities in PNG.

4.2 Gender-based violence

Intermediate Outcome 2: By 2012, Communities in one province in each region will have reduced gender-based violence by 25%.

UN system comparative advantage

The UN, particularly UNICEF, UNFPA and UNIFEM, can provide the leverage to assist agencies with training for officers to deal with all aspects of violence from a woman’s human right perspective and her reproductive functioning. Since much of the offences of violence are imposed by the male members of the family and society, programmes in addressing gender-based violence from a male perspective, would call for an intensified approach in sensitizing males to the vulnerability of female members of society and their duty to take steps to promote their protection. UNICEF has the advantage of specializing in the rights of children and youth and would be called upon to offer specialized input. UN agencies would provide support in the area of governance and human rights to agencies responsible for the administration of law and justice.

Proposed UN system results

The UN system, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNDP and UNHCR, will strengthen the capacities of the state to promote the human rights of women through: developing the capacity of women to claim their rights, including those of protection and non-discrimination; awareness-raising in alerting men and society in general about the vulnerability of women, young girls and children to abuse and their right to be protected from violent behaviors; revision of outdated legislations to reflect the international obligations of CEDAW; improvement of police and welfare procedures and facilities to address gender-based and domestic violence during police interrogation; welfare counselling; and the awareness creation about court processes and systems.

Partnership development

The UN system will work with the DCD and NGOs to strengthen the capacities of NGOs representing women to speak out for affected women, and to claim redress. Institutional capacity building and training will be provided for government personnel and NGO staff and members in handling human rights issues and on how to care for the abused and violated. Several NGOs - the Individual and Community Rights Forum, City Mission, the 20 provincial networks of the National Council of Women, FBOs network and YWCA – currently provide shelter for battered women and children, including care and counselling, with some private donations and minimal support from Government. The Public Solicitors Office is understaffed and unable to handle many domestic cases unless a criminal offence has been committed. Courts and the police as well as the Correctional Services should also undergo training and counselling to improve client relations with the victims of violence and the perpetrators.

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