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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.

Targeting the grassroots level

With an aim to target this population, UN Women together with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) hosted a free mini concert yesterday, in collaboration with the Sanap Wantaim Youth.

The public concert was used as a platform to push the message that every person has a role to uphold human rights in the country.

“…to find out what these rights are, what they mean to us and to bring change to the country. A lot of issues we face today are linked to human rights violation, especially violence against women, which we advocate against,” she said. 

Cardinal Ribat hails journos

Speaking during the UN AIDS and UN Women media awards night, his eminence stressed on recognising the efforts of journalists and linking to the work of churches in relation to HIV and AIDS in society.

“Seeing what the journalists are doing, you encourage us to be with you and help you to bring the message out clearly to the people of PNG, knowing that we are united to address these recurring issues in the country.”

Pom’s first-ever bus timetable for women!

As part of the Safe Public Transport Program, Ginigoada (UN Women NGO partner) has worked in collaboration with UN Women to provide safe transport options for women and girls in Port Moresby.

Starting yesterday, the women-only bus will not only guarantee a safe commute for women and girls, but also save time. 

Construct a different world for women: UN

“As they grow up, girls must be exposed to a broad range of careers, and encouraged to make choices that lead beyond the traditional service and care options to jobs in industry, art, public service, modern agriculture and science.

“We have to start change at home and in the earliest days of school, so that there are no places in a child’s environment where they learn that girls must be less, have less, and dream smaller than boys.

Three attend Safe Cities Global Forum in Mexico

From February 22 to 25, more than 200 urban experts and community leaders from all continents including Port Moresby will gather in Mexico City to share evidence-based approaches, tools and best practices to make urban public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls. 

This platform provides participating cities a unique opportunity to exchange lessons learnt, good practices and build strong partnerships.

Public transport system to be improved

This follows the first-ever Gender and Transport Seminar facilitated by UN Women, where participants from donor and civil society organisations, academics and government authorities, identified specific service gaps in the current public transport system.

Some shortfalls included unsafe public spaces at bus stops and on buses for women and girls, lack of accessibility for people living with disabilities, poor enforcement to regulate bus tariffs and a need of a transport regulatory framework.

Taxi drivers commit to promoting women’s safety

This follows a recent Gender and Human Rights Sensitisation Training conducted by UN Women.

Representatives from taxi companies; Comfort Taxis, Kanny Transport Services, City Loop and individual operators, who attended the training, discussed issues regarding the safety of women and girls in Port Moresby’s public spaces and their role as public transport providers to take action to address this social concern.

PNG artists invited to enter UN Women song contest

UN Women Country Representative Dr. Jeff Buchanan said the competition is a fantastic opportunity for seasoned and up-and-coming artists in PNG to promote gender equality and empower women in the country.

“The video clip should feature your campaign message to end violence against women and girls, and whenever possible, any campaign activities that you and your community have engaged in,” he said. “Artists are welcome to use the song as is or to sing a cover version of the song in English or in your own language.”

1, 700 women vendors benefit from Safe City program

The program seeks to increase women’s engagement in market activity, through addressing some of the risks to safety that women vendors and customers face traveling to and from, and working in the markets.

Executive director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said out of a total of 2,000 vendors, 85 percent are women and the safety that the women experience as a result of the program is priceless.

Alongside the National Capital District Commission, the police and vendor association are ensuring that the markets are a safe place to sell produce and earn a living.