Study on Women's and Men's Health and Life Experiences in Papua, Indonesia


United Nations Development Programme

This study seeks to provide insight into the health and life experiences of women and men in Papua and West Papua provinces. It focuses on the four districts of Jayapura, Jayawijaya, Manokwari and Sorong. It describes gender relations in those districts and seeks to understand the perspectives of those involved in incidents of gender-based violence, including the survivor, perpetrator and bystander.

This study presents evidence on the scale of incidence of gender-based violence in Papua and West Papua provinces as well as its impact in the lives of women, men, and families. The Institutional Capacity Assessment outlines the kinds of support services that are available in the four districts and concludes that further capacity building is needed to improve the quality of those services.

The Equality Institute was engaged by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to compile and analyse the three components of the report. Dr Fulu contributed an analysis of the data along with recommendations that can assist in policy making and programming to eliminate gender-based violence and contribute to Goal 5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (i.e. to achieve gender equality and women's empowerment worldwide).

Images by Chris Palethorpe.