Behavioural change can help address gender violence

The change in behavior of individuals will help address gender-based violence, says National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop.

Parkop, who is a strong advocate for GBV, says PNG needs to work on behavioral change which is totally lacking.

He explained that behavioral change is the component where the perpetrators receive help to change.

 “We are only dealing with the survivors providing care, counseling, medical and legal aid however we also have to deal with the perpetrators.

“Dealing with the perpetrators and changing their behavior is the missing component which I hope the implementation plan will take on big time,” Parkop said.

The National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence 2016-2025 will officially be launched soon by the Prime Minister. 

Parkop added that PNG needs to have the strategy and implementation plan launched as soon as possible.

Parkop highlighted that there’re a lot of non-government organisations and Churches doing wonderful work to respond to GBV but up to now it has not solved the problem because it’s not enough.

He said hopefully the Government can allocate funds so we can start comprehensive program to complement what is already happening. 

Quintina Naime