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Many single women are customers, and some clients are abroad.

Sexual violence in Papua New Guinea is endemic with two thirds of all women having been subject to abuse or violence.

Human rights in Papua New Guinea also has a troubled record, with women still being discriminated against in many communities.

Pawa Meri produced a documentary series of six thirty-minute films about women leaders in PNG as well as research publications about gender and leadership in PNG. They are diverse in terms of their locality, education and contribution to development in PNG.

The project’s research assistant Theresa Meki said, “The main idea is to recognise such women in society and to simply appreciate and celebrate them.” producer Verena Thomas said, “We are linking directors up with mentors to create a professional work environment through the Pawa Meri project.

Alai chopped off Helen’s right leg with a bush knife in front of their young children who called for help.

Alai was arrested by police, however after receiving treatment Helen left her home out of fear that her husband might be released.

That provides directors with a platform to make high quality films that can be shared with wide audiences in PNG and internationally.” These broadcast films are also for educational purposes.

Together with staff working in education and gender at Aus AID in PNG, Ceridwen and the team at CSCM will produce a discussion kit to accompany the films.

She returned when she found out Alai had died in prison. After spending nearly a year in the hospital, Dini came back to her village.

Having been expelled from her community, it was a risk returning home but she had nowhere else to go.

With funding from the gender division of DFAT and in collaboration with Dr Ceridwen Spark who conducts research on gender at Victoria University, the Centre for Social and Creative Media (CSCM) at the University of Goroka (UOG) are contributing to an amazing project called , which means “powerful woman” in PNG’s language, Tok Pisin.