Compensation for violence must be eliminated

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s message to mark White Ribbon Day to Papua New Guineans is for “compensation for violence in any form to be eliminated.”

This is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

“We all come from many traditional societies, and we have traditional ways of dispute resolution – but compensation has never been one of them,” he says.

O’Neill says eliminating compensation is a great challenge for the country however he says It is simply a matter on which we cannot afford to fail.

“The goal set by UN Members, including Papua New Guinea, is not just to reduce violence against women and children, not just managing violence, not just focusing on violence – but the elimination of violence,” he added.

He also says the country needs to make the elimination of violence against women and children a primary goal and a top priority in our country.

Joy Kisselpar