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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. 

The Haus Krai in Brisbane May 2013
The Haus Krai in Brisbane May 2013

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.

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  1. Congratulations to all of the Team for a fabulous website. May it be a force for genuine change. Domestic Violence is intolerable in every community and every society. The women and children of PNG deserve to be safe and to feel safe at all times.

      1. Hi Willie! Thanks for the support. The Admin of PNGADV have been made aware of the directory but we will post the link on the page again😀

  2. My sister was violently bashed up by her husband in the settlements of POM, she has spinal cord injury and she can’t move from waist down. She is at this present at POM general hospital. How can she access to your help. Is there any kind of rehabilitation programme that she can get. Please advise

    1. Hi Hellen,

      We are so sorry to hear about your sisters pain.

      Meri Toksave does not provide services rather we constructed a countrywide directory of emergency services (police information, hospitals, hotlines, sexual health services, counselling etc) which can be found on the online directory tab here on our website.

  3. Dear Meri Toksave,
    Great Job so Far!!
    You may like to nominate your founders or staff for this award as the prize money may help to fund parts of your campaign.
    Just a thought!

    Regards
    Tamara

    The Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work is open for nominations!

    if you know a young person doing amazing work in any of the following areas, or maybe you’re working in these areas:

    1. Promoting youth participation in decision making
    2. Promoting the economic empowerment of young people
    3. Taking action for equality between young men and women
    4. Promoting peaceful and democratic environments in which human rights flourish
    5. Providing quality education for all
    6. Improving access to information and communication technology
    7. Promoting health, development and values through sports and culture
    8. Engaging young people to protect the environment

    why not nominate them, or ask someone to nominate you for this award? its an easy online form to fill in.

    If you are selected as a Regional finalist, you’ll receive a £1000.00 cash award.

    If you are selected as one of the Regional winners you’ll receive an additional £2000.00 on top of the initial £1000.00 (so £3000.00 cash award)

    And if you’re selected as the overall Pan-Commonwealth Winner, you’ll receive a grand total of £5000.00.

    there’s no harm in nominating someone, or asking someone to nominate you.. sooooo GET TO IT! woop woop!!

    The Commonwealth Youth Award for Excellence in Development Work is open for nominations!

    if you know a young person doing amazing work in any of the following areas, or maybe you’re working in these areas:

    1. Promoting youth participation in decision making
    2. Promoting the economic empowerment of young people
    3. Taking action for equality between young men and women
    4. Promoting peaceful and democratic environments in which human rights flourish
    5. Providing quality education for all
    6. Improving access to information and communication technology
    7. Promoting health, development and values through sports and culture
    8. Engaging young people to protect the environment

    why not nominate them, or ask someone to nominate you for this award? its an easy online form to fill in.

    If you are selected as a Regional finalist, you’ll receive a £1000.00 cash award.

    If you are selected as one of the Regional winners you’ll receive an additional £2000.00 on top of the initial £1000.00 (so £3000.00 cash award)

    And if you’re selected as the overall Pan-Commonwealth Winner, you’ll receive a grand total of £5000.00.

    there’s no harm in nominating someone, or asking someone to nominate you.. sooooo GET TO IT! woop woop!!

    Commonwealth Youth Awards 2015 to recognize passion and excellence | Your Commonwealth
    http://www.yourcommonwealth.org

    Nominations are now open for the 2015 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Youth Development Work. The annual awards recognize the invaluable contribution of young people to development, in community, national and global contexts.

  4. The Meri Tok Suave directory is a fantastic resource for anyone impacted by family and sexual violence. We have distributed this booklet throughout Oil Search PNG and the feedback thus far has been very positive. Staff recognise that this is a useful, relevant and up to date tool.
    Oil Search and the Oil Search Foundation are committed to the protection and empowerment of women. Please visit us at http://www.oilsearchfoundation.org/ to learn more about some of our initiatives.

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