National GBV strategy endorsed by NEC

The National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence 2016-2025 was finally endorsed by the National Executive Council on Wednesday, December 15.

The strategy adopts a rights-based approach and takes into account all forms of violence committed on the basis of gender.

It aims to strengthen the work on GBV in order to achieve zero-tolerance towards GBV as per PNG Vision 2050.

Minister for Religion, Youth and Community Development, Delilah Gore made the announcement of the endorsement today.

Gore said the strategy does not reinvent structures and processes, but builds on existing interventions at national and sub-national level to secure government ownership and a stronger focus on coordination and monitoring for quality.

She highlighted that the endorsement is very important because this is a way forward for our country in addressing gender issues that have been affecting our families and society.

Gore thanked the Government and Prime Minister Peter O’Neill for taking this bold stand in supporting the department with the strategy.

The Minister also thanked the partners who have helped them take this strategy through to NEC including the United Nations.

“This plan will help the department coordinate and to report where we are heading in addressing GBV and by the time we reach 2050, we should have zero tolerance on GBV.

“This strategy will help the implementing agencies including the department to coordinate and address issues affecting our societies today,” Gore said.

The strategy will be officially launched in February 2017.

Quintina Naime