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Over the second half of this year, the Director of the Equality Institute, Dr Emma Fulu, has spent time in Indonesia and India for projects which have a focus on preventing violence against women in locations across the Asia-Pacific region.


At the end of September, Dr Fulu travelled to Jakarta, Indonesia to take part in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Internal Dissemination Session, where the findings from The Study on Women’s and Men’s Health and Life Experiences in Papua, Indonesia were shared.  UNDP, with support from USAID and in collaboration with the National Statistical Office and Rifka Annisa Foundation, conducted a study to map current attitudes on violence against women and the adequacy of services provided to survivors of this violence across Manokwari and Sorong Districts in West Papua Province, and Jayapura and Jayawijaya Districts in Papua Province.

Dr Fulu presented the work done by the Equality Institute in compiling and analysing the quantitative survey of the The Study on Women’s and Men’s Health and Life Experiences in Papua, Indonesia. The report includes 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). 


Dr Emma Fulu presenting at the Internal Dissemination Session in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Dr Emma Fulu presenting at the Internal Dissemination Session in Jakarta, Indonesia.


In October, Dr Fulu visited India where she participated at the first Technical Advisory Meeting for the initial stages of the Evidence Based Systemic Approach to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in India learning initiative. Her participation will inform the development of three White Papers that will discuss how intimate partner violence can be addressed through the front line institutions of governance, primary health and women collectives.

More information on this project is available below under ‘Boards.’


At the beginning of December, Dr Fulu will be setting off again, this time to Washington DC, where she will be taking part in a panel at The Global Women’s Institute (GWI) at The George Washington University. Dr Fulu will be discussing next steps in the violence prevention field, including how to translate evidence into action for programs at the local level, and how to adapt work in different contexts, including in the U.S.

Dr Fulu will also be participating in the GWI’s inaugural Leadership Council meeting, as well as attending their 5 Year Anniversary Celebration.



Dr Fulu is an active member on the following boards and advisory groups:

This project aims to study the complex and gendered links between war trauma, psychological health and attitudes towards peace, to better understand the challenges women and men face in the aftermath of war. Dr Fulu is contributing her extensive expertise in the design and implementation of cross-national studies on men’s violence against women, and ensuring that research findings have an impact in influencing policies and practice on the ground. 

  • Technical Advisory Group member on the Evidence Based Systemic Approach to Addressing Intimate Partner Violence In India: Creating a New Vision, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Building on current and ongoing investments in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aims to advance the field of intimate partner violence prevention and mitigation in India, while informing aspirations to eliminate violence against women globally.

The Foundation aims to build an understanding of how a response to intimate partner violence can be integrated into their on-going work in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar by playing a catalytic role in addressing intimate partner violence in India at the systemic level, using existing government and community platforms and by integrating intimate partner violence intervention into their on-going work within the health sector.

As a member of the Technical Advisory Group, Dr Fulu is informing the evidence building discourse needed for developing a systemic response to Intimate Partner Violence that leverages and works through the front line institutions of governance, primary health and women collectives.

  • Australia’s National Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women (NCAS) Project Expert Panel

The National Community Attitudes towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS), is one of two monitoring mechanisms of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children 2010-2022.

The NCAS is a research project that aims to support and undertake high quality research, as well as communications and knowledge translation activity to inform policy development, project and program planning, practice and further research to reduce and prevent violence against women and their children. It has a focus on the role of knowledge, attitudes, and social norms related to violence against women and gender relations and primary prevention of violence against women. In addition to exploring knowledge, attitudes and norms and responses among the community as a whole, the NCAS has a particular focus on attitudes among culturally and linguistically diverse and Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander communities, people with disabilities and young people.

Dr Fulu’s is contributing to the Expert and Peer Review Panels particularly in the areas of questionnaire design and ethics and safety standards for conducing research on violence against women, to ensure that the project produces effective and meaningful outcomes for the communities that it aims to serve.   



Dr Emma Fulu’s story is showcased in a new book. In putting together The LEAP Stories, author Kylie Lewis conducted intimate interviews with 13 individuals who have taken a leap into the unknown, leaving their old jobs behind to pursue a long-held business idea or dramatically alter their career path.

Gain incite into how Dr Fulu came to establish the Equality Institute and learn what inspires her to keep working towards making the world a better place for women and girls and preventing violence against women.

You can read the full story here and pick up a copy of the book here.