Investing in Women
HEAPS has a good percentage of projects which invests in women and girls. Women are the decision maker and leaders with these
Women have proven to be very effective agents of change because they:-
- Spending their savings for children’s food, clothing and education.
- Convert new skills and opportunities into action.
- Enjoy team and working with one another.
- Face challenge and measured risks.
- Share their enthusiasm with others.
- Enjoy communication and networking.
THE PNG SITUATION for women.
Out of the 136 countries listed on the UNDP’s gender development index, PNG ranks at just 124, placing it in the bottom 10% of countries worldwide. Statistics that translate to a harsh reality for many women in PNG – two out of three have experienced domestic violence and 50% have experienced forced sex. (Cited Oxfam Australia www.oxfam.org.au)
Women and girls have substantially less access to health care and education services than males. Violence against women and gender-based violence (GBV) is unacceptably high, with two-thirds 2/3 of women estimated to have experienced it. Women are vastly under-represented at all levels of government, limiting their power to influence public policy.
Mothers and children are dying from preventable diseases because of a lack of basic immunisation, medicines and access to health care. In the rural areas, a woman has a 1 in 25 chance of dying during pregnancy or childbirth and 1 in 13 children die before reaching the age of five. Most women in our region do not have antenatal care or check-ups. Women and babies die and many mothers are left with permanent injuries due to difficult births which are preventable. The Village Birth Attendant’s lack of skills, medical equipment and drug supply when dealing with complicated births.invests