Rise Up seeks to empower young women, girls, people with special needs, members of the LGBTQ community and others in Papua New Guinea to realize their human rights and utilize their potential. Formed in 2017, the organization has worked with indigenous women fighting for climate and environmental justice, and with young girls. The Covid-19 pandemic has significantly affected the woman, girls and youths of the Rise Up community. The lock down has prevented the organization from conducting fundraising activities, and the funding they do have has been diverted to raise awareness on and conducting research about Covid-19.
Similarly, girls and young women have not been able to access family planning services and there has been a rise in unwanted pregnancies during the lockdown. Rise Up is working to develop an inclusive strategic response plan for Covid-19, which will be shared with local groups and implemented. They are also planning to distribute hand sanitizer, re-usable pads, and birth control pills to the women they work with.