PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea - Today, the Government of Papua New Guinea launched Primero, an innovative online and offline case and information management system to protect vulnerable children and women and survivors of violence.

Primero will support the country’s social welfare workforce in the management of protection-related data and violence-related cases while ensuring accurate data collection and analysis.

“Because of its flexibility to adapt to specific contexts and realities and combine different modules (for example for GBV and child protection), Primero is a great example of how violence against women and children can be and should be addressed using the same tools and approaches. It is important that in PNG we start to address this violence using a system perspective, avoiding fragmentation,” said UN Resident Coordinator, Gianluca Rampolla.

“This will open up important opportunities for the Government and development partners to maximize the use of resources, foster collaboration across sectors, and to accelerate the achievement of results. We hope that this milestone today will set a precedent to advocate for better tools for the protection of women, girls and children and will generate evidence for targeted resources for the social welfare sector which is critically underfunded,” Mr Rampolla reiterated.

The launch and rollout of Primero is supported by the Spotlight Initiative, a partnership between the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls.

Read more on the launch and roll-out of Primero in Papua New Guinea here