MSI Asia Pacific at Women Deliver

Women Deliver is a powerful global feminist conference advocating for gender equality and women’s rights. It unites activists, leaders, and policymakers to confront critical issues impacting women and girls, fostering meaningful discussions and taking concrete actions for a more inclusive and empowered world.

As proud sponsors, MSI brings a diverse team of 12 members, including Country Directors from Nigeria, Senegal, and PNG, along with young women leaders and advocates from across Africa, who are actively presenting at multiple events.

Among these events, Angelyn Famudi, MSI’s Country Director for our Papua New Guinea program, spoke passionately alongside representatives from UNFPA, UNICEF, and IPPF about the pressing issue of child marriage and adolescent pregnancy in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Highlighting the significance of providing safe and accessible family planning services to teens and young people, Angelyn emphasized MSI’s unwavering commitment to reaching the hardest-to-reach communities in PNG, including adolescents in rural and remote areas, where the need for sexual and reproductive healthcare is critical.

Angelyn shed light on the cultural pressures faced by young people in PNG, stressing the urgency to reduce stigma, shame, and judgment surrounding reproductive healthcare access. PNG’s high rates of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) further contribute to unintended adolescent pregnancies and forced child marriages, making the availability of SGBV prevention and response services all the more crucial.

With support from DFAT under the RESPOND project, MSPNG is training all staff and service delivery teams to provide support and safe referrals for survivors, ensuring that those who disclose that they are experiencing SGBV have a safe and supportive pathway to access specialized services and resources.