New Assessment on Violence Against Women in Elections in Papua New Guinea

Publication Date: 
24 Apr 2019

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Author(s): 
Alison Dyer, Dr. Gabrielle Bardall and Terry Ann Rogers

Violence against women in politics is a substantial threat to the integrity of the electoral process, affecting women’s participation as voters, candidates, election officials, activists and political party leaders and undermining free, fair and inclusive democratic processes.

Elections in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are characterized by violence and tribal politics that contribute to a high prevalence of violence against women in elections (VAWE). A new report from the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) assesses VAWE in PNG following the 2017 national elections, drawing on fieldwork, research and IFES’ experiences operating in PNG. The analysis is organized into three key factors that influence the incidence and impact of VAWE:

  • Status of Papua New Guinean women;
  • Their access to election processes; and
  • Incidents of, trends and triggers for VAWE.
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Violence Against Women in Elections in Papua New Guinea: An IFES Assessment

Based on the assessment’s findings and consultations with government officials, representatives from civil society and women’s organizations and other political actors, the report presents recommendations for mitigating and preventing VAWE in PNG in the future, including the implementation of Temporary Special Measures, strengthening of civic and voter education curricula, gender-sensitive electoral security and programs targeting hate speech and VAWE online.

Violence Against Women in Elections in Papua New Guinea: An IFES Assessment has been funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and the Australian and New Zealand governments in partnership with Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. The contents are the sole responsibility of IFES and do not necessarily reflect the views of DFAT or the Australian or New Zealand Governments.