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Strengthening Response to Gender-Based Violence Survivors in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste


Zonta is passionate about providing life-changing opportunities for women and girls throughout the world.

By partnering with agencies of the United Nations (UN) and other recognized non-governmental organizations, Zonta works to improve women’s health, education, and economic opportunities as well as to prevent gender-based violence.

Since Zonta’s first service project, Zonta has contributed more than $32.7M to International Service projects and Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women projects.

Strengthening Response to Gender-Based Violence Survivors in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste



$1 million through UNFPA* to ensure that all women and girls in Papua New Guinea and Timor-Leste live a life free from violence and that those women and girls who experience violence can access quality services essential to their long-term recovery.


Gender-based violence (GBV) is an umbrella term for any harmful act that is perpetrated against a person’s will and that is based on socially ascribed differences between males and females. It includes acts that inflict physical, sexual, and mental harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion, and other deprivation of liberty.

Despite growing awareness of GBV as a life-threatening violation of human rights, poor quality of services and lack of coordination among multiple response sectors have been a major impediment for an effective response to GBV in Asia and the Pacific region.


Through UNFPA, the Strengthening National Capacities of Health Sector in Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Timor-Leste to Deliver Survivor-Centered Response to Gender-Based Violence Survivors project will focus on two countries in the region with the highest level of lifetime prevalence of intimate partner violence–PNG (68%) and Timor-Leste (59%). This initiative will build on the strong global and regional evidence base on what works for an effective response to GBV.


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