Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is one of the most culturally diverse countries on Earth, with over 850 indigenous languages and at least as many traditional societies, out of a population of just under seven million. It is also one of the most rural, as only 18% of its people live in urban centers. “Palopa” is the Pidgin [...]

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Vanuatu

  Vanuatu is an island archipelago consisting of approximately 82 relatively small, volcanic islands and has a population of 221,506. There is no term used in Vanuatu for transgender or MSM. In Vanuatu there is an organisation called “Wan Smol Bag” that advocates for PLWHIV and Human Rights. The Ni Vanuatu (people of the land) MSM and [...]

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Cook Islands

  The Cook Islands are in the South Pacific Ocean, north-east of New Zealand, between French Polynesia and American Samoa. Akavaine and Laelae are the culturalterms that are used in Cook Islands to describe MSM and Transgender. In June 2008 the akavaine community in the Cook Islands created history for the country’s akavaine and Te [...]

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