Do No Harm Toolkit – Briefing Note

Partnering with The Department of Pacific Affairs at the Australian National University and funded by the Australian Government’s Pacific Women Shaping Pacific Development, the Do No Harm: Understanding the Relationship Between Women’s Economic Empowerment and VAW in Melanesia research project explored the relationship between women’s economic advancement/empowerment and women’s experience of domestic violence.

The research was conducted in Solomon Islands (2014) and Papua New Guinea in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (2015) and the Highlands (2016) with a range of programs working to increase women’s economic advancement and empowerment at the community level and with women business owners.

IWDA used the research findings to develop a series of practical tools to support organisations working at a community level on women’s economic empowerment programming. The tools will help to integrate the elimination of violence against women into these programs.

The following briefing note on the Do No Harm research summarises the key research findings and toolkit principles.


Do No Harm Briefing Note