UNDP has a long history of supporting gender equality in PNG. It has been actively working on women’s participation in decision-making and leadership roles in the past two decades.
The UNDP’s Gender portfolio covers three major areas: 1) Spotlight; 2) Women Make the Change and 3) Support to addressing SARV.
These programmes look at addressing inequalities in women’s health, education, political participation, and economic status, Violence against women and girls remains a key development challenge in Papua New Guinea and has been prioritized in the country’s development agenda as a cross-cutting issue that affects the overall development of the country.
The Government of Papua New Guinea has agreed to a range of national and international commitments to support women’s equal participation in public life and within political processes. These commitments are included within the PNG Constitution, Vision 22050, the Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Policy, Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Convention Against All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.