Safe city for women, girls

National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, has reiterated his call for a safe city for women and girls.

He stressed on this during the recent Bel isi PNG’s walk to eliminate violence against women and girls.

The event on November 22nd saw thousands gather at the Konedobu oval at dawn and march to the Harbourside precinct.

The march was led by Governor Parkop and Minister for Police, Bryan Kramer.

In Governor Parkop’s speech, he emphasised that it is everyone’s responsibility in the community to ensure the city is safe for women and girls.

“I want to see our city safe for everyone. Women and girls should be able to walk freely and live a life free from violence,” the Governor stated.

Minister Kramer asked the crowd to think about the importance of a family home rather than a crime scene.

“In that crime scene, small kids grow up, they grow up witnessing a crime being committed and as Papua New Guineans we should reflect on this. There is a lot we can do; the opportunity lies with us.”

Other advocates who were also there to commence the EVAW march included NRL Legend, Marcus Bai, together with Oil Search Limited managing director Peter Botten, Executive Director of Oil Search Foundation, Stephanie Copus-Campbell and Oil Search staff, Celestine Ove who gave a moving speech of her own personal experiences which resonated with many women.

The participants who were present for the march are part of the organisations that established the Bel isi PNG program.

Now in its second year, Bel isi PNG will be celebrating the International EVAW Day on Monday.

(Article by Jamie Haro – third year UPNG Journalism student)

Jamie Haro