Addressing violence is everyone’s business: Anna Solomon

Addressing violence is everyone’s business, says Secretary for Community Development and Religion Anna Solomon.

Solomon questioned that if we don’t address violence, then who will?

Solomon said at the launch of the National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) 2016-2025 that GBV affects the country as a whole.

Solomon said that GBV undermines the safety, dignity and human rights of individuals who experience violence.

“Violence significantly hinders the ability of individuals to fully participate in and contribute to their communities and the country both economically, politically and socially.

“It is a human rights violation or abuse, a public health challenge and a barrier to civic, social, political and economic participation,” she said.

The national strategy was officially launched by Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development Delilah Gore in Port Moresby today.

The strategy aims to strengthen the work on GBV in order to achieve zero-tolerance towards GBV by 2025 and as per PNG Vision 2050.

The strategy build up was done since 2013 during the National Haus Krai in Port Moresby and it was completed in 2016, and endorsed by the National Executive Council on December 15 2016.

 

Author: 
Quintina Naime