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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 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.