Gender Based Violence (GBV)

GBV A Disease

The video, titled ‘Pathways to Justice – Strongim sindaun bilong femili’, is a documentary that showcases the legal and support options made available for survivors of family and sexual violence in PNG and how the people and services are working hard to keep them safe.

Commissioner Manning in his speech told the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) and the Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC) that the constabulary is committed in addressing Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country.

Coalition Of MPs Call For Investigation

They are urging Minister for Police, William Onglo and Police Commissioner, David Manning to order an investigation and make arrests to perpetrators of violence against women shown in a recent video in Enga Province. The two videos were brought to their attention, depicting incidents of brutal violence against women.  

NCD Governor Powes Parkop, Co-Chair of the Coalition stated that he is appalled by the horrendous acts of violence captured in the two videos.

More diligence needed in GBV-related cases

Using a recent media report of a dismissed alleged sexual offence case against a minor because of incomplete paperwork, the Committee called for more diligence by police and prosecutors.

Committee Chair Charles Abel said such cases call for police and prosecutors to ensure that proper procedures are followed and strong case files are developed.

Abel went on to state that society is sick of hearing stories of alleged perpetrators getting away with crimes against women and children due to small technicalities.

A Walk For Justice

Lucielle Paru, a social activist and change agent led the march stressing that despite all that is happening concerning the ever-growing rate of GBV cases and related crimes, not enough is being done to address these issues.

She stated that the city is not safe anymore and the reality that if a woman was being attacked or robbed in any way, no one would defend her, as it has become the norm in society to walk by or ignore the situation.

GBV Report

The Special Parliamentary Committee prepared the tabled the report on GBV, chaired by Member for Alotau Charles Abel.

Abel disseminated a strong speech regarding the call to action and various critical issues identified by the committee.

The terrible rates of violence in PNG have risen, and people in the country are using this appalling exercise as a means to resolve their conflicts.

Young professionals host GBV dialogue

The digital dialogue on Thursday 27th August in Port Moresby was livestreamed to YPN members across the country and abroad. The panel for the discussion, which was moderated by the YPN President Peggy Maha, included:

CIMC to hold media workshop

It is a sensitive human issue that needs to be reported with care.

The Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council or CIMC’s Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee believes that Media plays a powerful role in shaping public discourse and has the capacity to change perceptions and shape community attitudes.

But the media however needs to provide the public with factual information hence the CIMC is hosting a workshop for media personals in PNG commencing tomorrow.

Cardinal Ribat officially opens HIV/AIDS Summit

The summit started off with welcoming remarks by the Chairman for PNG Christian Leaders Alliance in HIV and Aids, His Eminence, Sir John Cardinal Ribat.

Cardinal Ribat said one of the great intentions for the HIV Summit is to bring the Head of Churches together so that they are able to speak about this virus that is causing danger to our lives in this nation and that they work together, be one voice in advocating care, peace and unity.

“Today is one moment where we can share this intention and talk about it and work towards promoting it in future,” he said.

Heads of churches to meet over HIV/AIDS

A media briefing was held this morning to brief media on the agenda, key speakers and officiators of the summit for the next two days.

His Eminence, Sir John Cardinal Ribat during the meet this morning said that the summit will be opened tomorrow by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.

“The summit will unite the heads of churches throughout Papua New Guinea and will discuss sensitive issues relating to HIV and AIDS such as Gender Based Violence (GBV), stigma and discrimination, human rights, access to service in issues affecting the key population’s in the country.