3MT Spotlight: Improving justice for women victims of domestic violence in Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea

PhD student Subrata Banerjee
PhD student Subrata Banerjee


Women in Bangladesh and Papua New Guinea face significant challenges when seeking justice for domestic violence. These challenges stem from various social, cultural, and systemic issues hindering their access to formal and informal justice services.

Subrata Banarjee, a PhD candidate at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, is making waves with his groundbreaking research on gender-based violence in these countries. His work aims to assess the role of service providers in facilitating women's access to justice. 

His research investigates the different pathways victims can consider and examines the opportunities and obstacles they face. The goal is to determine how both formal and informal justice sectors, such as courts, police, village courts, NGOs, and victim support services, can collaborate to improve women's access to justice. 

"Gender-based violence is a topic that carries substantial implications for both academics and policymakers. The findings of my research will enhance our understanding of the service system aimed at protecting women from domestic violence. It will also provide practical guidance to those involved in delivering services to victimised women in Bangladesh and Papua New Guines," he explained.

Banarjee is eagerly preparing to present his research at the upcoming 2024 ANU College of Asia and the Pacific 3-Minute-Thesis Competition (3MT). He views participation in the 3MT as a valuable opportunity for students to critically evaluate the core aspects of their research, improve public speaking skills, and build confidence. It also fosters a sense of community among researchers, offering valuable networking opportunities and potential collaborations. 

"I believe that the 3MT competition is a platform for growth. It provides a unique opportunity for PhD students to enhance their ability to effectively and concisely communicate their research ideas," he explains. "This is essential for promoting interdisciplinary understanding and collaboration, as well as maximizing the societal impact of my work,” he added. 

The 2024 ANU College of Asia and the Pacific 3-Minute-Thesis Competition is not just about presenting research; it is about storytelling. The competition challenges participants to captivate audiences and craft a narrative from their work. Participants will have three minutes to present their research with one PowerPoint slide. The winner will receive a $500 prize and entry into the ANU 3MT final, with a chance to claim a $4,000 grand prize. 

The College wishes Mr. Banarjee all the best in his endeavours at the 2024 3MT competition and encourages all members from our community to attend the event and see the incredible research being undertaken across the College by our talented HDR students.