Jacqueline Joseph receives The Commonwealth Youth Award for 2017


Young Adventist woman fighting gender-based violence is honored by The Commonwealth

CEO of youth-led organization uses sports to educate youth about healthy relationships.

South Pacific Division (SPD)

[Papua New Guinea] For the second consecutive year, a Seventh-day Adventist was announced as a winner for the South Pacific region of the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work. Jacqueline Joseph, the CEO and co-founder of Equal Playing Field, a youth-led organization in Papua New Guinea (PNG) that uses sports activities as a tool to end gender-based violence, was presented with the award in March when she was flown to London, England for a special ceremony.

Joseph’s dedication and leadership in EPF has allowed the organization to grow as a movement for change for young people and by young people themselves. The organization is inspiring many in PNG to address the issue of gender-based violence, and is giving staff and volunteers a renewed sense of hope that together, change is possible. Since EPF’s establishment in 2011, Joseph has helped design school programs to teach thousands of young people in Port Moresby and Bougainville about respectful and healthy relationships.

It is estimated that two-thirds of women in PNG have experience domestic violence. Human Rights Watch says PNG “is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman.”

Source: Adventist News Network

Published in Mosaic newsletter, Winter 2018


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