Femili PNG Operations Manager to speak in Cairns, Sydney, Canberra

Denga Ilave
Denga Ilave

Femili PNG’s Operations Manager Denga Ilave will be travelling to Australia in May 2016 to speak at events about gender-based violence in Cairns, Sydney and Canberra.

Cairns – Australia-PNG Business Forum – 17 May

Denga will be speaking with Femili PNG Chair Stephen Howes at the Australia-PNG Business Forum in Cairns on Tuesday 17 May. They will be participating in a session on ‘Meeting Career and Social Challenges for Women’. More details and registrations for the forum are available here.

Canberra and Sydney – Panel event: New approaches to tackling gender-based violence in Papua New Guinea – 19 & 20 May

Rates of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea are among the highest in the world, with some estimating that 70 per cent of women experience physical or sexual assault in their lifetime. Children are also significantly affected. While much is said about the levels of violence, less is heard about important work being done in all sectors of Papua New Guinea to address this pervasive issue. The new approaches being taken warrant broader attention both within and outside of Papua New Guinea.

At this event, the Development Policy Centre and the Lowy Institute will bring together a panel of exceptional Papua New Guinean leaders from government, civil society and the private sector.


  • Anna Solomon is Secretary Community Development and leading the government response.
  • Denga Ilave is Operations Manager for Femili PNG, the PNG NGO that runs the innovative Lae Case Management Centre.
  • Kymberly Kepore is CEO of Oil Search Foundation, which has made gender-based violence one of its top priorities.

Canberra: 12.30pm-2pm, Thursday 19 May, Barton Theatre, Crawford School of Public Policy, ANU. Register here.
Sydney: 12.45pm-1.45pm, Friday 20 May, Lowy Institute. Registration and details here.