"We have established four priorities to guide us and that align locally with ‘Vision 2050 Plan' regionally; with the Australian government's ‘Gender eEquality and Women's Empowerment Strategy'; and globally with the United Nation's ‘Sustainable Development Goals'," says THOR founder Dr Barry Kirby in a Facebook update.
Priority 1: Reducing maternal deaths: Every two minutes, somewhere in the world a woman dies from complications either in her pregnancy or during childbirth; 98% of these deaths are preventable and 99% of deaths happen in developing countries.
Priority 2: Improving access to sexual and reproductive health care and family planning education programs. Family planning education is essential to securing the well-being and autonomy of women, while supporting the development of communities.
Priority 3: Ending violence against women and girls. It is estimated that 35% of women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime from an intimate partner. In PNG two thirds of women have experience family violence, with 80% of men in some parts of the country admitting to sexual violence against their partner.
Priority 4: Promoting gender equality. In the words of Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop "Promoting gender equality is smart economics, and the right thing to do - we cannot transform our world unless the place of women within it is transformed."