Gender-based violence (GBV)

OFP advocates against COVID-19 and GBV

The support to stop violence against women and children, raises awareness on domestic and gender based violence against women and children.

In line with this, OFP is planning to host a women’s championship to raise awareness on domestic and gender based violence against women and children next year to drive the message of stopping violence against women.

Provinces develop GBV plans

The budgets will support their efforts against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Papua New Guinea.

The workshop was organized in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Papua New Guinea, as part of the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative for Ending Violence Against Women and Children.

DfCDR is responsible for leading the drive to implement the National GBV Strategy 2016-2025.

In the workshop, Acting Secretary, Jerry Ubase, made it clear that this is a priority for the Department to work against GBV.

GBV Provincial Workshop

Today saw a continued collaboration to develop provincial budgets to fund anti-violence and support measures.

A three day workshop was held by UNDP and the department, to strengthen provincial planning and budget. This ensures that the resources issued by the provincial authorities go towards ending violence against women and children.

The rise in GBV cases in Papua New Guinea has painted a disturbing image of the country making it the least safe place for women and children to live in.

GBV public inquiry

The turn-out for this public hearing brought key figures from different departments that placed importance in voicing the critical issues related to addressing GBV.

For two days, the hearings will discuss critical issues related to addressing GBV, including:

Husband allegedly kills pregnant wife

Chief superintendent, Chris Kunyanban, confirmed the incident in a media briefing today.

The domestic altercation occurred on Saturday, February 6th.

Lae command’s chief superintendent, Kunyanban, described the incident as ‘unfortunate’, saying the husband has been apprehended by the Criminal Investigation Division.

“The suspect is now behind bars. He’s being interrogated and will be formally charged by our CID members,” he stated.

Kunyanban said the victim was physically assaulted. 

First GBV national summit

The theme of this inaugural Summit, Now is the Time: United for Equality, has set a marker that all Papua New Guineans are being called on to pursue in their daily lives. 

Opened by the Prime Minister, James Marape, the Summit brings together representatives from Parliament, Government, development partners, civil society, the private sector and most importantly, community members from Papua New Guinea’s 22 provinces, the National Capital District and the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. 

A pink beacon in the sky

Manalos Aviation is not only lending a voice to the fight against gender-based violence, but also becoming a beacon in the sky for all to see.

The famous quotation, ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing’, is still relevant today. And more so when it comes to the evil that lurks behind closed doors.

Manolos Aviation’s trainee pilot, Alexandria Tahirih, says this was the reason why an all-female crew painted their Bell 222 helicopter pink.

‘I want to change for my son’

John, a new father, came forward to seek help in late 2019. He grew up watching violence being perpetrated and the effects of which has impacted his behaviour towards his young family. He said the constant reminders on Bel isi PNG services and awareness on family sexual violence made him realise that he needed help.

“The feeling of responsibility as a man and questioning myself on whether I was doing enough to break the cycle bothered me. I had to accept that my behaviour was not something I wanted my son to learn,” John shared.

Lands dept staff stand against violence

They joined thousands of advocates across the country who have been campaigning for the government to impose tougher penalties as justice for perpetrators of violence.

Minister John Rosso, who joined his staff, said: “We cannot stand and watch as violence unfolds in front of our eyes; we have to speak up and stop it.”

The local MP for Lae, who is the Morobe Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC) Patron, reiterated the government’s stance against all forms of violence, urging staff to speak out and report to police and authorities.

Push for govt action on GBV

They want action against gender-based violence.

Two marches were held today in memory of the late Jenelyn Kennedy as well as those who have lost their lives to gender-based violence.

A large number turned up as early as 10am to show support in the fight against GBV.

Dressed in black, the first march began at the Jack Pidik Park, with protesters chanting: “Stop violence. Justice for Jenelyn Kennedy!”