World Vision Australia is implementing the Action Against Gender-Based Violence: Engaging Men, Youth and Children project in Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu, with support from the Australian Government through the Gender Action Platform (GAP).
By targeting primary and secondary violence prevention in the two countries, the project aims to transform harmful norms and behaviours amongst children, youth and male perpetrators, as well as strengthen leaders’ ability to address gender-based violence in their communities.
The project aims to reach 13,776 people between July 2017 and June 2020.
World Vision is working with youth leaders from a range of congregations around Vanuatu to raise awareness and address gender-based violence. Youth group leaders are provided with educational training, which looks at the different dimensions of violence, the impacts of violence on individuals and communities and how to build healthy relationships.
Equipped with new knowledge, these youths will be responsible for mobilising peers within their congregations to carry out activities that promote the reduction of gender-based violence. They will be encouraged to be creative in the ways they approach teaching and awareness raising on this issue with their peers.
World Vision expects to see youth engage in a range of different modalities to this end, including the arts (e.g. drama, dance, song, music and film) and online platforms. This activity aims to empower youth to lead and drive change in their own congregations and communities.