Gender Program



Papua New Guinea and Timor Leste


Women to be empowered to make informed decisions to control over their reproductive and sexual health throughout their lives.


Gender equality is a human right, necessary for advancing development and reducing poverty. Empowered women contribute to the health of their families and communities and improve prospects for future generations.

The proportion of Pacific women who have reported experience of physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner in the past 12 months ranges from 9 percent in the Cook Islands to 46 percent in Timor-Leste (UNFPA, 2016). In most countries of the region, women are much more likely to have experienced intimate partner violence than to have experienced physical or sexual violence by someone other than a partner.

Violence in Pacific region statistics

Data source: UNFPA Asia & the Pacific

Family Planning NSW's work supports the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals - to achieve gender equality and empower women and girls through eliminating all forms of discrimination and violence and through ensuring universal access to sexual and reproductive health by 2030.

SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Gender equality cannot be achieved without the involvement of men and boys. In many countries in the Pacific, women and girls have low social status and men are the primary decision makers. In our development projects Family Planning NSW targets men as partners in addressing gender inequality, understanding that men must be actively involved as part of the solution.

For more information about Family Planning NSW's commitment to contributing to gender equality you can read our strategy document "Working together to contributing to gender equality and empower women and girls" or contact us at


  • To integrate responses to gender based violence in reproductive and sexual health services.
  • Support comprehensive community reproductive and sexual health education that incorporates a gender equality approach and addresses gender based violence.
  • Engage men and boys in gender equality and gender based violence protection.


  • Implemented peer education program in Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea to address gender inequality and the high rates of violence against women. Our programs enable men to become agents of change for improving reproductive and sexual health in their family and community.
  • Training manuals published in English, Tok Pisin and Tetum
  • 26,332 participants trained


Papua New Guinea

Timor Leste

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