Bougainville Women’s Federation

Bougainville Women’s Federation (BWF) is an umbrella organisation that advocates for the women of post-conflict Bougainville by coordinating women’s groups, and a young women’s leadership program. Its coverage includes 13 district women’s federations and also sees them with representation at the Council of Elders and Area Assemblies levels. BWF engage in advocacy to ensure legislation, policies and programs being developed or amended by the Autonomous Government of Bougainville are sensitive to gender issues.

Bougainville Women’s Federation AND IWDA

IWDA has been BWF’s major donor since it incorporated in 2012, and remains its sole source of funding for core costs (staff and operations). BWF currently runs three projects in partnership with IWDA, which are the ‘Women’s Leadership Initiative’, ‘Young Women in Leadership’ and the ‘Voter Education Project’.


Quick Facts

  • 4000+ BWF members represent the 13 districts of Bougainville.
  • The Young Women’s Leadership Project was implemented by BWF to provide a safe space to build and develop leadership skills.
  • BWF ran voter education training in the lead-up to the 2017 Papua New Guinea elections, and will do the same when Bougainville holds a Referendum to vote on independence in 2020.