Meri Toksave is a youth-led, non-governmental organisation for an end to gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Meri Toksave (“information for women” loosely translated in Tok Pisin) designs and delivers programmes and partnerships for the advocacy of women’s rights and gender equality, the empowerment of women and girls, and the prevention and elimination of domestic, family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.
We specialise in monitoring, verifying and improving the information asymmetries and inaccessibility of cross-sectoral emergency and support services and referral systems for women and survivors of violence throughout Papua New Guinea. Our first and principal project focuses on overcoming the inaccessibility and invisibility of contact information for emergency and support services. We tackled this through the creation of the first and only country-wide “Directory of Emergency Services for Those Affected by Family and Sexual Violence”. The directory was successfully complied and verified in 2013 and launched and distributed throughout 2014.
We further work to advocate for women’s rights and to challenge existing attitudes, behaviours, stigmas and misinformation on violence and abuse. In September 2014, to coincide with the first anniversary of the PNG Family Protection Act 2013, we launched the “They Say, We Say” Campaign to target underlying norms and misinformation and to generate positive attitudinal, behavioural and informational change.
Meri Toksave was was a winner of the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge at the Harvard World Model United Nations in March 2013 and awarded a Resolution Fellowship. We were also a Member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Youth Network and an Observer of the International NGO Development Council of Papua New Guinea. We were also a Member of the United Nations Global Partnership for Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda and a Partner of the United Nations My World Global Survey.