B3B Joins UNFPA and 13 Youth Orgs in Policy Submission to the PNG Special Parliamentary Committee on Gender-Based Violence

Written by B3B Papua New Guinea

On the 30th of June 2021, the Country Executive Board (CEB) of Beyond Three Billion — Papua New Guinea (B3B-PNG) joins 13 other youth-serving organisations for an initiative by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) – PNG to put together a submission to the Special Parliamentary Committee on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) of the Papua New Guinea National Parliament.

The policy submission is drafted in consultation with youth representatives who were present in the GBV Youth Inquiry facilitated by UNFPA with support from UN Women. The process also incorporates recommendations from the 2020 National GBV Summit’s Youth Outcome Statement.

One of B3B’s thrusts is creating and strengthening platforms for the participation of youth in democratic process. Young Papua New Guineans comprise approximately two-thirds of the country’s population; providing them with a voice to directly influence policy processes is integral to the principle of inclusive governance the B3B stands for. Gender-Based Violence is a roadblock to the potential of PNG, and it is undeniably one of the country’s most massive human rights crises.

Having young people come together to discuss and, more importantly, recommend evidence-based solutions is a concrete step forward into a future that is safe, fair, and peaceful. Papua New Guinea is a great nation and there is no doubt that it has all the potential to be progress even further. Young Papua New Guineans have a key role in making this happen.

Beyond Three Billion extends its thanks to UNFPA-PNG for extending an invitation to us to participate in this dialogue and we look forward to more opportunities to work together for the good of our young people.