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Papua New Guinea

Commonwealth Point of Light 14. Veronica Simogun

Veronica Simogun, representing Papua New Guinea, is the founder of ‘Family for Change’, an organisation which supports victims of gender-based violence.

Veronica Simogun

Following high levels of familial violence in her community, Veronica founded the charity to advocate and provide support for women and girls who are victims of violence. Working with local law enforcement, her aim is to overturn the cultural norms that negatively impact women.

Veronica was presented with her award by Simon Burton, Deputy Head of Mission at the British High Commission in Papua New Guinea.

Veronica said:

“This is a great privilege and an honour for me to receive this Point of Light award. I would like to thank the British High Commission and the Queen at Buckingham Palace to award me this honour.”

Simon Burton, Deputy High Commissioner, said:

“I am delighted to be able to present this award to Veronica. It’s recognition of the great work she has done to establish ‘Family for Change’. Veronica has established a strong team in Papua New Guinea supporting over 6,000 victims of gender based violence. She is also working with schools to increase literacy levels amongst women. The support Veronica offers has touched the lives of so many and having spoken to people she has helped, and members of the community supports, I know she is a very worthy recipient of this award.”


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