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Special Parliamentary Committee on GBV

In November 2020, the Coalition of Parliamentarians to End Gender-Based Violence, organised the first ever National Gender Based Violence Summit. At the conclusion of that meeting, the members of the Coalition endorsed the GBV Summit Outcome Statement, which commits them all to working to address GBV across the nation. The Coalition now comprises 20 of the 111 members in the National Parliament.


Subsequently, on 12 November 2020, the Special Parliamentary Committee on Gender-Based Violence was established in the National Parliament to inquire into issues related to GBV and to report back to the Parliament. The Special Parliamentary Committee has seven members.

Parliamentary Committee Members

  • Chairman: Hon. Charles Abel,  Member for Alotau

  • Deputy Chairman:  Hon. Allan Bird, Governor East Sepik

  • Member: Hon. Powes Parkop, Governor NC

  • Member: Hon. Aiye Tambua, Member for Goroka MP

  • Member: Hon. Allan Marat, Member for Rabaul

  • Member: Hon. Ginson Saonu, Governor Morobe

  • Member: Hon. Michael Dua, Governor Chimbu

Parliamentary Committee Terms of Reference

The Committee shall have the following functions:

  • Inquire into the connections between GBV and broader issues and root causes regarding gender equality and women’s empowerment, including women’s economic empowerment, women’s political participation, the impact of early family planning, cultural, traditional and religious beliefs and broader social norms

  • Identify the forms of gender based violence, specifically violence against women and girls including, but not limited to coercive control and technology facilitated abuse

  • Identify the immediate and long-term measures to prevent gender based violence, with the focus on behavioral change for future generations.

  • Inquire into the level and impact of coordination and accountability for services and policy responses across the government departments, the Royal PNG Constabulary and related enforcement and prosecution services, the courts, provincial and local level governments, non-government and community-based organisations and private sector.

  • Inquire into the adequacy of the evidence and prevalence data of gender based violence and how to overcome limitations in the collection of nationally consistent and timely data including, but not limited to, court, police and hospitals

  •  Identify the perpetrator intervention programs and support services to help them change their behaviour.

  • Consider the views and experiences of frontline services, advocacy groups and others working to address gender based violence.

  • Inquire into the gendered impacts of COVID19, with a particular focus on the differential experience of GBV on PNG women and men, identify how the Government and other stakeholders can ensure more effective responses in the context of the ongoing threat of COVID19.

  • Inquire into how women’s leadership can be more proactively supported to ensure that women can help lead the response to GBV, including by examining options for implementing temporary special measures for women in Parliament.

Parliamentary Committee Inquiry - 3 May to 30 June 2021

The Special Parliamentary Committee on Gender-Based Violence is planning to hold public hearings – on Monday 24th May and Tuesday 25th May. The hearings will discuss critical issues related to addressing GBV including: (1) Examining the amount and use of funding provided by the Government to address GBV; (2) The delay in establishing the National GBV Secretariat and how to activate that body to be more effective; (3) Challenges with investigating and prosecuting GBV cases across the country and how to address them; and (4) how women’s reserved seats can be progressed as a strategy for ensuring women can co-lead the national GBV response.

The Committee hearings will be on Monday 24 May and Tuesday 25 May. The Committee will be calling on a group of frontline workers from around the country, using Zoom as well as inviting them to present in person where possible. It will be a unique opportunity to hear from people in the field who spend their lives working to help women and children suffering from violence.

The Committee will then call officials from key departments responsible for implementing the National GBV Strategy to hear directly why implementation of the Strategy has been slow to roll out and is still under-resourced and ineffective to prevent the violence still occurring every day.


The public hearings will be broadcast on the Committee’s Facebook page:


Any person or organisation who wishes to share their experiences or ideas for change with the Committee can make a written submission to the Committee and email to Written submissions can be made until 30 June. After this date, the Committee will review all submissions, and produce an interim report for the Parliament, including recommendations based on what they have learned.