Gender Based Violence

Enough pain!

This was the cry of the women who marched today in Port Moresby to end violence in the country.

The event saw the participation of both the Minister for Police, Jelta Wong, and the Minister for Religion, Youth & Community Development, Soroi Eoe.

This gave a good opportunity for the women to express their worries.

Eoe pledged his support to ending this issue. He also called for tougher penalties for perpetrators of violence.

Media awards nominations open

This is the theme for the 2017 Media Awards on Excellence in Reporting on Gender Based Violence and HIV/and or AIDS.

Once more, nominations have opened to recognise efforts of journalists reporting on these issues, giving voice to the voiceless in order to bring about meaningful change.

UNAIDS and UN Women joint launched these media awards in 2015.

It was put as an incentive to encourage journalists to increase their reporting on the issues with a human rights lens.

These issues have disintegrated family units, societies and the nation as a whole.

Siblings to stand trial

The case of grievous bodily harm against Alma Jagiri (33), Bernard Jagiri (29) of Tufi, was committed to the Waigani National Court for trial.

They will go for listing before the National Court at the end of the month.

Their younger brother, a 17-year-old was also implicated in the allegations, however his case was dismissed from the Juvenile court.

Both went appeared before Magistrate Mekeo Gauli asking for the case against them to be struck out too however he said the evidence against Bernard showed that he was very much involved in the fight too.

The call that changed it all

In PNG, when we talk about GBV, we think of men as perpetrators, says Wesh Siku.

He is the project coordinator for 1-Tok Kaunselin with Child Fund PNG.

He says 1-Tok Kaunselin Helpim Lain project was set up to help women and children going through Family and Sexual Violence. 

But with the launch of the project in August 20, the first call in was from a man.

Two more calls that followed were also from men.  

“That made us to stop and think,” he said.

Now, almost 2 years, the centre has had well over 6000 calls, 50 percent of which are from men.

Indian brides given bats to keep abusive husbands in check

Messages such as "for use against drunkards" are written on the paddles, which measure about 40cm (15in) and are more traditionally used for laundry.

Gopal Bhargava a state minister in Madhya Pradesh, said he wanted to highlight the issue of domestic abuse.

He told the women to try to reason with their husbands before using them.

But if their spouses refuse to listen, they should let the paddles - known as mogri and usually used to beat dirt out of clothes - "do the talking", he said.

 

Savings 'spent on liquor'

Man fined for bashing wife

Jacob Opa was ordered to pay a compensation of K500 to his wife and is to refrain from further assaulting her for the next three years or will face jail time.

The order came after the court suspended his three months jail term.

The case which arises from a domestic violence issue was dealt with by the court in 30 minutes after it took a year and four months to go for trial.

The matter came to the attention of the court on Wednesday after Opa was arrested by police early this month on a bench warrant at the Hohola police station.

National GBV strategy endorsed by NEC

The strategy adopts a rights-based approach and takes into account all forms of violence committed on the basis of gender.

It aims to strengthen the work on GBV in order to achieve zero-tolerance towards GBV as per PNG Vision 2050.

Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development, Delilah Gore made the announcement of the endorsement today.

Today is Human Rights Day

Today is your day.

December 10 is observed every year as the international Human Rights Day.

It commemorates the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe December 10 each year as Human Rights Day.

This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights!

Start treating gender violence as human issue: Sinapa

This has been stressed by Esmie Sinapa, Co-founder of Women Arise Movement PNG.

Sinapa aired this view point in a meeting on Thursday with various women groups, NGOs, government representatives, men and youth to address GBV as an epidemic in itself.

She emphasised that this requires a consensuses approach from everyone and called on government officials not to politicise the issue.

Other women leaders also expressed their views on how best to address the high rate of GBV in the country.

Fight heightens to stop Gender Based Violence

Meeting with respective authorities, various women groups with support of a few men have moved to push for the issue to be seriously addressed at the government level.

The meet today identified the Papua New Guinea National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender Based Violence 2016 – 2025 is yet to be endorsed by the government.

The strategy published in late 2015 was compiled through a concerted effort by all stakeholders, with four objectives, one including prevention of GBV.