Plan International in Papua New Guinea

Plan International Australia started working in Papua New Guinea (PNG) in 2011, in partnership with a local NGO, to communities to respond to devastating climate change impacts. We then expanded to support local youth organisation in Port Moresby in 2015, and established a local team in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) in 2015. Our program in AROB seeks to ensure young people are equipped with the knowledge they need to make decisions about their futures, have access to good hygiene and are prepared for when disaster strikes as it frequently does in the region.

Challenges

The impact of the Bougainville Civil War where tens of thousands were killed and many more were displaced is being felt by emerging generations.

  • A ‘lost generation’ of parents now with children have missed out on school due to the conflict.
  • Violence, particularly gender based violence is rife with 68% of women in PNG reportedly experiencing physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.
  • The prevalence of sexually transmitted infections are among the highest in the world.
  • The transition from school to work is difficult with limited opportunities, low literacy rates and low secondary school enrolments.

How we’re helping

We’re working with communities to build their capacity to plan for and respond to natural disasters.

We’re tackling attitudes and barriers that hold young women in particular back from having a say in their futures and addressing unacceptable statistics around gender based violence.

We’re supporting young people to improve their access to sexual, reproductive and maternal health knowledge and services. And we’re working to ensure adolescent girls and youth in the Pacific are prioritised by leaders to ensure that girls have the opportunity to thrive regardless of their age and gender.