Papua New Guinea faces many challenges in overcoming poverty. More than 80% of the population live in rural areas, with limited access to health centres, education and agricultural services. Women living in rural PNG suffer from poverty even more. They work long hours but are rarely involved in decision-making and have little control over the money they earn or the land they farm. Almost two-thirds of these women are also victims of violence. CARE has been working in PNG since 1989. We focus on creating a more equal world for women and girls by improving access to health services, health information and farming skills and providing support to take part in local decision-making. We also work with communities and families, encouraging positive attitudes and behaviours towards women.
Our work in Papua New Guinea focuses on: