Our impact can be seen in the following areas:

Empowering Individuals: Grass Skirt Project has empowered people, particularly women and girls, by providing them with opportunities for personal growth, skill development, and leadership training. Through our programs, participants gain confidence, self-esteem, and a sense of empowerment, enabling them to break free from cycles of violence and take control of their lives.

Raising Awareness: We have successfully raised awareness about gender-based violence and its detrimental effects on individuals and communities. Through campaigns, workshops, and community outreach initiatives, we have sparked conversations, challenged societal norms, and educated people about the importance of gender equity, consent, and respectful relationships.

Behaviour Change: Grass Skirt Project has played a crucial role in promoting positive behavior change. By integrating discussions on taboo subjects like sexual violence within the context of sports, we have challenged harmful attitudes, beliefs, and norms. Participants in our programs have demonstrated an increased understanding of consent, respectful behavior, and gender equality, leading to a reduction in instances of violence and a more inclusive and respectful community.

Improved Health Outcomes: Our programs, such as the Hevea Cup and Gymbox, have contributed to improved health outcomes in the communities we serve. Through sports participation and health education, we promote physical fitness, mental well-being, and healthy lifestyle choices. By addressing health issues and promoting preventive measures, we aim to reduce the prevalence of health-related problems associated with gender-based violence.

Increased Gender Equity: Grass Skirt Project is committed to promoting gender equity in all aspects of our work. By providing gender-inclusive sports programs and leadership development opportunities, we aim to break down gender barriers and create a more equal society. Our programs encourage women and girls to participate in sports, challenge traditional gender roles, and assume leadership positions, fostering a culture of gender equality and empowerment.

Building Resilient Communities: Grass Skirt Project’s impact extends beyond individuals to entire communities. By creating safe spaces for dialogue, support networks, and community engagement, we foster resilience and unity. Through our programs, we bring people together, promote social cohesion, and encourage bystander intervention. As a result, communities become more equipped to address and prevent gender-based violence, creating a safer and more inclusive environment for all.

Through our dedication, evidence-based interventions, and collaborative approach, Grass Skirt Project has made a tangible and lasting social impact. We continue to work tirelessly to expand our reach, improve our programs, and drive meaningful change in the lives of individuals and communities affected by gender-based violence.

“Sport conveys positive messages ​and influences behaviour, promoting self-esteem and interpersonal skills among people, especially young people. It can fight discrimination and raise awareness about issues, as well as enabling communities to build bridges.”
- Benny Geteng (Keith Jackson and Friends: PNG's Sporting Revolution)

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