Meri Toksave (“information for women” loosely translated in Tok Pisin) is a youth-led charity for gender justice in Papua New Guinea. We are an Australian registered charity and incorporated association in Queensland with volunteers in Port Moresby and Brisbane.
Founded in 2013, we were a winner of the Resolution Project’s Social Venture Challenge at the Harvard World Model United Nations in March 2013 and our Co-Founders are Fellows of the Resolution Project.
We are also a Member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Youth Network, the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth, and the United Nations Asia-Pacific Interagency Network on Youth. We have previously been an Observer of the International NGO Development Council of Papua New Guinea, 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 and flagship 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 then launched in January 2014 with thousands of copies distributed throughout 2014 and 2015 across 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.