Ashlee co-authored a submission with Fiona Gunn of Femili PNG to the 2020 inquiry of the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Joint Standing Committee into the human rights issues of women and girls in the Pacific. Their submission focused on the response to family and sexual violence in PNG, and how Australia could support local actors.
Ashlee summarised and assessed a recent evaluation of PNG’s family and sexual violence policing units on the Devpolicy Blog.
Above all else, this evaluation shows that if FSVUs are to achieve better outcomes for survivors, they need more respect and more resources. They will also do better as part of an ecosystem of service providers working together to support each other and their clients.
Ashlee interviewed Dr Linda van Leeuwen on the role of the private sector in combatting and responding to family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.
Something that I would really like resource companies to do is to actually reconceptualise gender violence, not just as a community problem or a law and order problem, or a private matter to be dealt with away from the workplace, but as a workplace safety issue.Linda van Leeuwen
Ashlee interviewed Dame Carol Kidu, a tireless campaigner for the rights of women and girls in Papua New Guinea, in October 2014 for the Devpolicy Blog.
For girls and women, [the biggest challenge] is probably defining their space in a rapidly changing society because change can be confusing, frightening and even abusive.Dame Carol Kidu
Through the ‘In Brief’ section of the Devpolicy Blog and interviews, Ashlee has been covering the latest news and research on gender-based violence in PNG and the Pacific region.
- Voice and agency: Jeni Klugman on the World Bank’s gender empowerment report (23 October 2014)
- PNG’s violence epidemic and the medical response: in conversation with MSF’s Paul Brockmann (2 April 2014)
‘In Brief’ examples:
- “Bashed Up” – new HRW report on family violence in PNG (12 November 2015)
- Perceptions of economic dependency can impede justice for women: report (27 July 2015)
- Violence in South Pacific has intergenerational impact: UNICEF report (21 May 2015)
- Timor-Leste gender assessment: some good news, some bad (1 December 2014)
- New UNICEF report shows high levels of violence against children (9 September 2014)
- PNG gender violence in the headlines (19 August 2014)
- New details from Oxfam on gender violence response in PNG (15 July 2014)
- Survey shows high rates of gender violence in Fiji (9 January 2014)
- New report shows shockwaves of PNG’s family violence epidemic (14 August 2013)
Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP, asked the human rights subcommittee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade to inquire into and report on the human rights issues confronting women and girls in the Indian Ocean – Asia Pacific region.
Given the wide scope of the terms of reference for this inquiry, we focused on addressing the family and sexual violence epidemic in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
This submission was prepared by Ms Ashlee Betteridge, Research Officer at the Development Policy Centre, The Australian National University, and Dr Kamalini Lokuge, Fellow at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, The Australian National University.
Download full submission [pdf].