About

Our Vision

Women and children to become aware of their rights;
our society will be gender balanced and peaceful;
Bougainvilleans will act as agents of their own change;
organizations working for justice, peace and development will have greater capacity and will collaborate to achieve common goals.

Leitana Nehan Women’s Development Agency (LNWDA) has been in existence for 20 years. It was founded in 1992, at the height of the Bougainville Crisis, to provide humanitarian aid, rehabilitation and radio awareness programme on peace building in communities to women and children who were innocent victims of the conflict between Security Forces and the Bougainville Revolutionary Army.

As a registered local NGO, we provide a free and confidential counselling and support service for victims and families in all districts of Bougainville.

The organisation runs training and awareness workshops on Gender and Human Rights, Gender Based Violence, Male Advocacy, Peace Building, Legal Literacy and Voter Education. We also run the pilot program ‘Lukout’, which trains youth from six constituencies in Buka District to become Human Rights Defenders in their communities. This program is funded by the US Embassy in Port Moresby.

Our engagement reaches Council of Elders, chiefs, community leaders (women, churches, youth), education providers, isolated communities and thousands of individuals in the Bougainville districts to provide support and develop capacity in community development, organizational management, governance and peace building.

Through advocacy (on radio, public events or with networks and partners) Leitana promotes gender equality and non-violence.

From 2014 onwards, we will participate in the research and awareness project on Climate Development Justice to displaced Atoll Islanders residing in Buka. This program is initiated by Asia Pacific Women Law and Development.

For more details about the programme and services click here.

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