- Became a Member of the United Nations Major Group for Children and Youth in January.
- In February, Meri Toksave was invited to participate in DFAT/UNSDSN’s Youth Consultation for Australia’s Voluntary National Review on the Sustainable Development Goals at the UN High-Level Political Forum.
- In February, Tasman Bain delivered a presentation on Meri Toksave to the UQ Towards International Medical Equality student society.
- In March, Meri Toksave was one of 50 “game-changing” youth-led initiatives around the world to be featured by the Youth Solutions Report, a flagship project of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network.
- In April, Tasman Bain was interviewed by Melissa Conway, the Founder of Feminist Foreign Policy, on the work of Meri Toksave.
- In August, Tasman Bain delivered a workshop on allyship and men in feminist at the One Woman Project Brisbane Feminist Festival.
- In September, Tasman Bain delivered a workshop on leveraging multisectoral responses in eliminating gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea at the Global Ideas Forum at the University of Melbourne.
- In December, Tasman Bain was profiled in The Saturday Paper on the work of Meri Toksave and gender equality advocacy.
- In February, Ayesha Lutschini was interviewed on PNG Tonight, the leading PNG current affairs TV show, on her work with Meri Toksave and as an adovcate.
- In February, Tasman Bain was invited to speak at the Indigo Foundation Annual Conference on the work of Meri Toksave.
- In early 2016, we were privileged to be featured by Pacific Women in Business, an initiative funded by Westpac Pacific and the Australian Aid Program to support and connect women business leaders and entrepreneurs across the Pacific Islands.
- In April, Tasman Bain was a speaker on a panel discussion on men in feminism for the UQ Union’s Feminist Week.
- In May, our Deputy Director Tasman Bain was invited by the Queensland Premier to attend the Queensland End Domestic and Family Violence Design Forum to formulate innovative communication strategies for domestic and family violence prevention as per the recommendations of the Not Now, Not Ever: Putting an End to Domestic and Family Violence in Queensland report.
- Also in May, Ayesha Lutschini was selected as 1 of 200 young global leaders to attend the esteemed St. Gallen Symposium in Switzerland.
- In June, our Executive Director Ayesha Lutschini was appointed a Member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Change PNG, a leading community-based organisation for the elimination of domestic and family violence in Papua New Guinea.
- Also in June, Somerville House senior student leaders organised a fundraising evening for Meri Toksave.
- In July, Tasman Bain was a speaker on a panel discussion on men and feminism at the Brisbane’s Finest Feminists Conference hosted by the One Woman Project.
- Also in July, Tasman Bain was a speaker on a panel discussion of young leader at the UN Youth Australia National Conference.
- In August, Tasman Bain was a speaker at the UQ Women’s Collective panel discussion on masculinity.
- In November, Tasman Bain was a speaker at the Queensland Premier’s White Ribbon Breakfast on the role of young men in the prevention of male violence against women.
- In March, our Executive Director Ayesha Lutschini attended the 2015 Papua New Guinea Women’s Forum at the United States Embassy in Papua New Guinea.
- Also in March, Meri Toksave was invited to the Social Justice Fair of the UN Youth Queensland State Conference.
- For the University of Queensland Union 2015 Social Justice Week, Tasman Bain was invited to join a panel discussion on the progress for women’s rights in the Millennium Development Goals.
- In May, Tasman Bain also delivered a presentation on Meri Toksave and the role of young people in social justice to the Queensland Youth Parliament.
- In June 2015, Ayesha Lutschini was a keynote speaker for the Oxfam Australia Gender Empowerment Speaker Night alongside Oxfam Australia CEO Helen Szoke.
- In June, emerging journalist Clare Armstrong interviewed Tasman Bain on the work of Meri Toksave and the situation of gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea for her international journalism project at UQ.
- Also in June, Ayesha Lutschini and Tasman Bain were panelists for the closing session of the International Feminist Journal of Politics Conference hosted at the Women’s College of the University of Queensland.
- In July, Tasman Bain delivered a keynote presentation on Meri Toksave at the Bond University Social Justice Dinner.
- In August, Tasman Bain was a speaker at the Australian National University Circle for Gender Equity for a panel on the role of men in gender equality.
- Meri Toksave was appointed a Member of the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Youth Network.
- Also in August Tasman was a speaker at the UQ Feminist Fortnight panel discussion on men in feminism.
- Tasman Bain was recognised as a Queensland State Finalist for the Young Australian of the Year Award in September 2016.
- In October, Meri Toksave was a featured initiative at the Resolution Project’s Advisory Board meeting and in the opening remarks of the Resolution Project Resolve Gala.
- In October, Ayesha Lutschini was published by the Lowy Institute Australia-Papua New Guinea Network on the work of Meri Toksave and the role of youth partnerships in tackling gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea.
- In November, Ayesha Lutschini was appointed a Member of the Board of Directors of the One Woman Project.
- Also in November, Tasman Bain spoke at the International Youth Earth Summit in New York on the work of Meri Toksave.
Meri Toksave Hosts Free Pawa Meri Screening
Meri Toksave is hosting a FREE screening of the Pawa Meri Film Series, on Saturday 18th April at 6pm. The screening will be followed up by a panel discussion on the topic: “Decreasing Barriers to Youth Engagement in Development”. Please come along to learn more about gender equality and youth engagement. Nibbles and drinks will be provided!
- In January, Meri Toksave was featured by The National newspaper on the launch of the Meri Toksave Directory in Port Moresby.
- Our Engagement Coordinator Milcah Xkenjik was interviewed by the Tok Pisin language service of ABC Radio Australia in January.
- Also in January, Tasman Bain was interviewed by ABC Radio Australia on the work of Meri Toksave.
- In March 2014, Meri Toksave was invited to attend the Papua New Guinea Women’s Forum hosted by the United States Department of State. The top four recommendations of the Papua New Guinea Women’s Forum included references to Meri Toksave and the Meri Toksave Directory to be utilised to “Launch a Nation-wide Campaign Against Gender Based Violence” and to “develop and carry out a nation-wide public and media messaging campaign against gender based violence (GBV) and create a practical tool that can improve coordination and service delivery for GBV services.” Meri Toksave was also featured in the Papua New Guinea Women’s Directory formulated by the United States Department of State.
- In May, Meri Toksave was featured by UQ News.
- In mid-2014, Meri Toksave was appointed a member of the United Nations Global Partnership for Youth in the Post-2015 Development Agenda founded and chaired by the United Nations Office of the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth and a official partner of the United Nations My World Global Survey.
- In September, Tasman Bain wrote an article on gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea for the UQ Justice and the Law Society.
- In October, Ayesha Lutschini and Tasman Bain spoke at the Australian Institute of International Affairs Young Professional Network NGO Information Evening.
- Ayesha Lutschini was invited to attend the Queensland Premier’s Special Task Force on Domestic and Family Violence Summit chaired by Dame Quentin Bryce.
- Also in October 2014, Meri Toksave was one of the featured organisations with an installation at the Resolution Project’s annual gala, Resolve, hosted in the Harvard Club of New York.
- Ayesha Lutschini was a finalist for the UnitingCare Australia 2014 Anti-Poverty Awards.
- Ayesha Lutschini was featured by the Brisbane City Council Visible Ink website.
- In December, Ayesha Lutschini was a panelist and panel moderator for the FHI 360 Gender Learning Forum in Mt Hagan in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.
Meri Toksave Launches ‘They Say, We Say’ Campaign
On the 18th September 2014, the first anniversary of the Papua New Guinean Parliament passing the Family Protection Bill and criminalising domestic violence, Meri Toksave launched the ‘They Say, We Say’ campaign.
The campaign, which ran over the course of 10 weeks and included a number of posters to be shared and discussed over social media, aims to dispel some of the myths surrounding family and sexual violence.
The ‘They Say, We Say’ campaign posters were released each week via Meri Toksave’s social media channels and we asked followers to like, share and discuss the messages and to #SayItWithUs.
Please feel free to download them, we only ask that the images do not get cropped or edited in anyway and of course that proper permission from relevant parties is sought for wherever you may display the images.
*Meri Toksave is proud to announce that from the measuring metrics collected from the 10 week #SayItWithUs campaign, our reach was a total of 21, 916 people making 51, 264 impressions.
- In September, Ayesha Lutschini was invited to speak at the United Nations Association of Australia International Day of the Girl Child Forum.
- Also in September, Meri Toksave was granted observer status with the International NGO Development Council of Papua New Guinea when the team visited Port Moresby.
- Our Executive Director Ayesha Lutschini was a finalist for The Australian Women’s Weekly 2013 Women of the Future Scholarship for her work with Meri Toksave.
- In October, Courtney Price was featured by their home town newspaper, the Riverina Leader in Wagga Wagga, on her work with Meri Toksave.