Zuabe Tinning is the manager for the Papua New Guinea program at USIP.

She is a development practitioner who provides technical advice and support for government partners and civil society actors to implement gender equality and social inclusion policies, gender sensitization training, and community development initiatives. She also conducts and assists international researchers with social research in Papua New Guinea. Her work focuses on promoting gender equality and women’s economic empowerment and countering gender-based violence.

Prior to joining USIP, she was the chairperson of the Morobe Family Sexual Violence Action Committee, where she supported the Morobe provincial government in establishing the Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee Secretariat to coordinate gender-based violence prevention and intervention programs in Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. She also served as the deputy chair for the National Capital District’s Family Sexual Violence Action Committee, where she supported the establishment of the Human Rights Defenders Association of Papua New Guinea. She then became the director for the Komba Ambon Cooperative Society, which supports women through a small-holder coffee farming and women’s and family health program.

Tinning has a master’s degree in public health from Auckland University of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in midwifery from Flinders University of South Australia.

Publications By Zuabe

The Latest: Gender and Violence in Papua New Guinea

The Latest: Gender and Violence in Papua New Guinea

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

By: Ruth Kissam;  Zuabe Tinning

In addressing violence in Papua New Guinea, most programs seek to work with survivors. However, to prevent the recurrence of violence — especially gender-based violence — it’s important to address the harmful attitudes that drive it. USIP’s Ruth Kissam and Zuabe Tinning discuss how a USIP program seeks to reorient men’s perspectives in Papua New Guinea toward championing equal participation for women in decision-making processes and repairing the damage caused by harmful and violent behaviors in their communities.

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