Meri Toksave is an Australian-based youth-led charity for gender-justice in the Pacific region.
Meri Toksave (“information for women” loosely translated in Tok Pisin) is currently undergoing an exciting shift with our structure, programs and strategic focus! We are looking forward to re-launching in mid-2020.
We were 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.
Our first project focused 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 and 2015 in Papua New Guinea.
Our second project we focused on women’s rights advocacy. 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.