On a mission to cut Papua New Guinea’s high levels of sexual violence

“Most key21840 of the survivors of gender-based violence that we see in the clinic are young adults,” says Primrose, Youth key21830 Coordinator for the Family Health Association (FHA) in East New Britain province.
She has just stepped off stage after delivering a presentation to senior students of Kokopo Secondary School as key21839 part of FHA’s school outreach programme, in which she told students that they can reach out to the FHA if they need help, key21829 and key21838 that violence is never the survivor’s fault.
Primrose and her team of peer educators are hoping to cut physical and sexual violence through their outreach work key21827 at schools and communities across East New Britain.
Spotlight Initiative/Rachel Donovan Primrose, key21833 Youth Coordinator for the Family Health Association (FHA) in East New Britain province, addresses senior students at Kokopo Secondary key21836 School, Papua New Guinea.  
As well as speaking to students at schools, the team from FHA distribute pamphlets and condoms, as key21835 part of their efforts to educate the public on sexual and reproductive health, and the prevention of sexually transmitted infections.
“We take part in clinical and community outreach,” she says. “We focus on family planning and especially preventing unwanted pregnancies, so young girls key21834 are able key21828 to complete their education.”
The team started with 20 peer educators but, over the course of the pandemic, that number dropped to 10. Primrose is now looking to recruit new educators who can join her in promoting the health services on offer at the Family Health Association; providing information on healthy, non-violent relationships; and sharing information on key21832 sexual and reproductive health.
© Spotlight Initiative/Rachel Donovan Papua New Guinea highlands region. Speaking the same language “We believe that it’s very important to ensure that young people realize that violence against anyone, whether it’s in a relationship key21837 or between any other young people, is not okay,” said FHA Director Michael Salini.
“We need to get that message across to them. So that’s why we engage these young people to do it on behalf of the organization. Young key21831 people talking to young people is the most effective way of changing perceptions and values in communities.”
“When peer educators speak to young people, it’s like we’re speaking the same language,” says Primrose. “We’re in the same peer groups and we’re better able to get that message across.”
UN in Papua New Guinea Peer Educators Leading Youth-focused Solutions to Violence  
The approach is important, because older adults often fails to recognize the experiences of young people.
“I, personally, went through that kind of experience with cyber-harassment,” confessed Margaret, a senior student from Kokopo Secondary School. “at that time, none of the teachers really understood it.”
According to the UN children’s agency, UNICEF, one in three young people in 30 key21826 countries have been a victim of online bullying, with one in five reporting having skipped school due to cyberbullying and violence.
“I think cyber-harassment is one of the issues that older people high quality luxury replica watches have a hard time understanding," says Margaret. "If a young person stands up and speaks to young people in a way that they understand, people will pay attention.”
The Spotlight Initiative in Papua New Guinea The Spotlight Initiative is supporting the Family Health Association in East New Britain to conduct youth outreach activities that promote positive relationships and connect young people to sexual and reproductive health services.
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