Femili PNG

Hope despite the lockdown

John Ma’o Kali, the High Commissioner to Australia for Papua New Guinea and the Patron of Femili PNG, established a committee of volunteers that included his spouse, Vavine Vere-Kali, Marry Kanawi, Roa Slater, Morgan Pehara, Lucy Kila and Paul Scott to organise this year’s Independence Day celebrations.

They plan to showcase the diverse and rich culture of Papua New Guinea and the life-changing work of Femili PNG, particularly with respect to the interests of women in PNG.

K100,000 for Femili PNG

The handover of the cheque took place at the Femili PNG Case Management Centre in Lae where the K92 Mining team learned more about the organisation’s operations and how survivors are assisted through its case management centres. 

Upon handing over the cheque, Philip Samar, K92 Mining Vice President for Government & Community Affairs, said: “We have been in operation for four years, and for us as a new company, we want to be able to support social issues and social agenda. 

Femili PNG’s inaugural patron

Femili PNG is a Papua New Guinean NGO that provides services to survivors of family and sexual violence. Through its case management centres in Lae and Port Moresby, Femili PNG supports survivors to access vital services such as medical assistance, safe accommodation and law and justice interventions.

In becoming Femili PNG’s inaugural patron, Kali lends a strong voice to calls to end gender-based violence. Kali has long been a champion for gender equity and social inclusion in PNG.  

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Protection order efficiency improving in Lae

The data, which was collected by local NGO Femili PNG and analysed by the Australian National University, covered almost three years from August 2014 to May 2018.

The data showed that the average time taken to get an interim protection order (IPO) is 15.9 days. Almost one-fifth (18 percent) were issued on the same day, and around half (51 percent) were issued within a week.

Women trek Kokoda for Femili PNG

Femili PNG is a PNG non-government organisation which helps survivors of family and sexual violence to access the services they need.

The first team of seven completed the gruelling 96 kilometre trek over 9 days from 4 to 12 September 2018. They then travelled to Lae to visit the Femili PNG case management centre which supports women, children and men who are survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault and child abuse.

The second team of two women were on the track and completed the walk from 1 to 8 October 2018.

High rates of violence confirmed in new report

The Lae-based NGO runs a Case Management Centre (CMC) to assist survivors of family and sexual violence access the services they need.

Since commencing operation in 2014, Femili PNG has been collecting data on their clients and their needs.   

A report covering the first two years of their operations was released last Friday, December 15.

The report shows that Femili PNG assisted over 900 people; 93 percent were female and 18 percent were children.

​Femili PNG will open Lae office

Newcrest made a generous donation of K200,000 to Femili PNG in March 2017 which was used to renovate the office space.

Newcrest executive general manager of Public Affairs and Social Performance, Ian Kemish, said: ‘’Newcrest is delighted to make a practical contribution to Femili PNG’s critical Lae service in support of the victims of family violence and abuse.

Australian of the Year to speak on FSV at UPNG’s MLT

Yet, because of the taboos in place, most do not know how to get help or face other barriers trying to.
Speaking at the Main Lecture Theatre at the University of PNG this afternoon will be Rosie Batty.
Batty is the 2015 Australian of the Year and prominent anti-violent campaigner.She was brought into the country by Femili PNG, an NGO in the country providing assistance to survivors and victims to FSV.

More awareness needed on child rights

Front line child protection service provider Femili PNG advocates the rights of children and has revealed that there’s a lack of knowledge on child rights by most people.

Femili PNG operations manager Denga Illave said it’s a challenge they face every day.

Illave said they have child abuse cases reported to them with the lack of knowledge on the rights of children by the caregivers and by those who report the case.

She said another challenge is that care givers claim compensation as a solution to the abuse.

Lack of resources hinders efforts to address child abuse: Officer

This is one of the challenges faced in Lae by front line child protection service provider Femili PNG.

Femili PNG operations manager Denga Illave said the delay in the submission of files and witness statement from respective stakeholders to the court is mainly due to lack of logistics.

Illave reported that at the moment in Lae, there are only two sexual offense squad offices responding to both child abuse cases and the general sexual abuse cases in Morobe Province.