gender-based violence

Grieving uncle calls for justice

Four years later, the late Jenelyn Kennedy’s family members come out to tell a story of abuse and torture following her passing this week.

Elder brother Kiloh Maule Kennedy told this newsroom that prior to her death, she was reportedly tied and locked up in her room by her partner, Bosip Kaiwi.

“It was last week Thursday when she was locked up in her room at Korobosea. They were renting a place over there. She was locked up in the room with the babysitter,” Kennedy stated.

Governor expresses disbelief at young woman’s killing

The story was widely spread on social media yesterday (June 24th) after the Port Moresby General Hospital head of emergency, Dr Sam Yockopua, highlighted the bruises and fractures she suffered before her death on the night of June 23rd.

Dr Yockopua said: “It was obvious that she had been tied forcefully, her hands and feet showed all features suggesting how strongly the ropes were tied to the back.

Women confront the dual impact of a pandemic and a tropical cyclone

Although the Pacific has largely been spared by the spread of the disease relative to other regions around the world – with Fiji hardest hit of the six countries the UN Women’s Ending Violence Against Women and Girls programme works in, at 18 confirmed cases – all of which have since been cleared, and several countries without a recorded a case so far – the economic and social consequences have been deep.

Goroka marches against GBV

The march was organised to show support for Papua New Guinea’s 20 Days of Human Rights Activism campaign.

Men, women and youth carried placards, posters and banners as they weaved their way from Goroka’s Mambu market to the town square, before assembling at the Young Christian Centre Hall.

Speakers highlighted the importance of a collaborative approach among like-minded organisations to end gender-based violence.

Journalists awarded

Among them were four female journalists who were awarded for their coverage of the sensitive issues.

Every year, UN Women and UNAIDS organise the Media Awards for Excellence in Reporting on HIV and Gender-Based Violence.

This is to recognise the high standard of balanced sensitive reporting by local media personnel on GBV and HIV issues in Papua New Guinea.

Under this year’s theme of ‘Hear My Voice! My Story!’, four female journalists and a Yumi Sanap Strong representative were awarded on November 5th.

The mother of abuse

This would be a more simplified definition of the term ‘violence’.

A human rights workshop held this morning at the American Corner in the National Library called the #Men&BoysToo highlights men also being victims and subjected to gender-based violence in the country.

The workshop coincides with the World Human Rights day activities observed worldwide and is for interested individuals, human rights activists and advocates as well as men and boys who have experienced domestic and sexual violence and abuse.

Parkop to launch 16 days of activism

This is activism against violence and to promote gender equality and human rights in the nation’s capital.

This is not new, he said.

The initiative is that of the United Nation, which sees non-government organisations (NGO) working together to choose a time in the year to push that idea.

For this year, Governor Parkop says it will coincide with the children’s day and human rights day. But he hopes this year’s program will be elevated to another level.

Plan aims to tackle gender-based violence

According to statistics, two thirds of Papua New Guinea’s female population have experienced some kind of gender-based violence in their lifetime.

Stakeholders partnering with the government have come up with a strategic framework which can identify platforms and avenues to minimise, if not eradicate, gender-based violence in the country.

United Nations Population Fund representative Koffi Koume, during a recent gathering, highlighted the need for a framework strategic approach that can ensure that this dire issue is addressed.

New GBV awareness approach

Led by the Theatre Arts students, the creative group is raising awareness on GBV through arts.

Body Art Spectacle is their latest project and the biggest production the students will be staging in November 23.

It will be a night of art featuring painting and art, music and dance, but with a bigger statement on GBV.

This is a first-of-its-kind event for the strand, according to talent coordinator, Ellen Mesibere.

Parkop calls for effective implementation of GBV Strategy

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.

Parkop said NCD has taken the lead in working with stakeholders including the Family and Sexual Violence Committee to help survivors of GBV.

He said wonderful work has been done so far but sadly more needs to be done to reduce the level of prevalence of GBV.