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Community based organisations

Kafe Urban Settlers’ Women’s Association (KUSWA)

Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province

Kafe Urban Settlers Women’s Association (KUSWA) is a community-based organisation based in Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province. KUSWA was established in 2001 by eight woman who were survivors of domestic violence. To alleviate their own suffering and others in similar situations, the women created the organisation. KUSWA’s vision is to ensure that women and their families are protected, respected and supported to equally contribute to the wellbeing and prosperity of their families and communities.

KUSWA’s mission is to work with the community and families to support women develop to their full potential and live productive lives through active promotion of health, gender equality, full participation, and life skills activities in Eastern Highlands Province.

KUSWA is located in Goroka, but also works in surrounding districts. KUSWA works in partnership with the police, communities, schools, the Department for Community Development, the district and village courts, women’s groups, the Family Support Centre, churches, the organisation Family Voice, and focal people in communities they work in.

Types of services they provide include:

  • Counseling
  • Referral services to other stakeholders including Police, Hospital, Village Court, District Court house, Community Development Office and Child Protection Office
  • Developing creative community led approaches advocating for issues around human rights, gender-based violence, sorcery accusations, new laws passed by the government of PNG, behaviour change, equity and family protection.
  • Capacity Building training for  their  partners involving Police, Village Court, Peace Mediators, Community Leaders, Focal People in communities – conflict resolution, human rights, positive discipline and gender.
  • Repatriation and Reintegration support to survivors of extreme gender based violence including sorcery related violence.
  • Paralegal Service providing legal support including writing up Interim Protection Orders and other  statements.
  • Mediation of tribal conflict, family disputes, marriage disputes

Kup Women for Peace

Simbu Province

Kup Women for Peace (KWP) is a community based organisation based in Kerowagi District of Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea.  In 2000, following 30 years of tribal fighting with Kup region, a sub district of Kerowagi,  KWP was formed by  women leaders from four warring clans came together to address violence in their communities with the intention of daunim hevi bilong ol mama – reducing the sorrow  of the mothers, especially in the Kup local level government. The Kup Women have had remarkable success both in stopping tribal fighting in the Kup region and in promoting peaceful development.

Since its establishment, KWP has been engaged in helping survivors of violence access quality support services. The organisation works with people from the five districts of Simbu, namely Kerowagi, Kundiawa/Gembogl, SinaSina, Yongomugl and Gumine Districts. KWP has also trained and appointed ‘focal people’ within the communities.  These focal people are the eyes and ears on the ground and form referral pathways to the Rapid Response Team (RRT), health centres and the police.

Types of services provided include:

  • Awareness raising among men, boys and community leaders of human rights and women’s rights, leading to positive changes in behaviour and attitudes. These awareness programs vary from targeted to general awareness in communities, schools etc.
  • Provision of Crisis support services such as counselling, paralegal and mediation for cases of gender-based and sorcery related violations of their human rights
  • To network and coordinate with other partner organisations to broaden the scope and impact of activities.
  • Repatriation and Reintegration support to survivors of sorcery violence and aggravated gender based violence
  • Referral to other service providers

Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation

Autonomous Region of Bougainville

The Nazareth Centre for Rehabilitation (NCfR) was established in 2005 by Sister Lorraine Garasu and the Congregation of the Sisters of Nazareth, who were instrumental in the Bougainville peace process. NCfR is a key partner of the Autonomous Bougainville Government and delivers a range of training and support services for community groups – in gender-based violence, trauma-healing and peacebuilding. In partnership with local organisations and other agencies it provides services such as care and trauma counselling for women, children and former combatants affected by violence, prevention and awareness raising in local communities and engages both men and women in advocating for human rights. NCfR runs a number of safe houses in Bougainville and provides referrals for survivors of violence.

Currently, NCfR’s main project ‘From Gender Based Violence to Gender Justice and Healing’ is undertaken in partnership with the International Women’s Development Agency (IWDA) with support from the Australian government through the Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development Initiative.

Kedu Seif Haus

Milne Bay Province

Kedu Seif Haus is a non-government organisation located in the Alotau Township of Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea. It was established in 2010, through initial funding by Digicel Foundation, based on the need to help women and children impacted  by gender-based violence in Milne Bay Province. “Kedu” in the local “Tawala” dialect means “Meri” (Tok Pisin) or “Woman”. Kedu Seif Haus is a temporary out of home care facility that provides temporary shelter and care for women and children who are survivors of gender-based violence and other severe forms of violence. Services provided also include: counselling, paralegal services, a child safe space, male advocacy, trainings, human rights, and legal advice. Kedu Seif Haus is an existing referral pathway partner.