Most dangerous place to be a woman: Official

Right now, our country is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman.

Serah Chapau, Oxfam in Papua New Guinea’s program manager, made the statement in anticipation of the launching of a new campaign tomorrow in Port Moresby.

The ‘Inap Nau! Laikim na lukautim femili’ campaign aims to create safe and peaceful communities by reducing violence against women and girls.

“We dream of a future where all women and girls can feel safe and secure in their own homes,” says Chapau.

The campaign will be launched alongside a powerful new Oxfam / Queensland University of Technology report that presents compelling new data on gender-based and sorcery-related violence.

“Gender-based and sorcery-related violence is one of the most critical issues facing us here in PNG. It’s time for every single one of us to come together as a powerful community and say Inap Nau! to violence and fear.”

Bronte Moules, Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, will speak at the event on Monday (Nov 20), at Holiday Inn.  

Oxfam and eleven human rights organisations will launch the campaign to tackle violence against women and girls.

Inap Nau! is a campaign coalition of Oxfam in Papua New Guinea, Nana Kundi Crisis Centre, Kedu Safe House, Lifeline Port Moresby, Kup Women for Peace, Madang Provincial Council of Women, St Anna Crisis Centre, Family for Change, Papua Hahine Social Action Forum, Kafe Urban Settlers Women Association, Femili PNG and Highlands Women Human Rights Defenders Movement.

(Picture: Human Rights Watch)

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