Gender-based violence (GBV)

If he loves you…

This was the message from the Secretary for Community Development and Religion, Anna Solomon.

Secretary Solomon was speaking during the opening of the inaugural disciplinary forces’ wives friendly games.

She said the topic of gender-based violence usually dominates women’s conversations, where it is perceived that a man shows his love by assaulting his partner.

“That is bull****. That’s not true,” she said.

The Secretary outlined that attitude problems, including cultural and religious differences, were some of the factors behind this issue.

Male advocates ready to champion gender equity

This follows a four-day Male Advocacy Training program from April 3-6 which 15 male public servants participated in, to better understand the role they can play in addressing this pressing issue.

Jack Wale, database manager and business analyst at the Internal Revenue Commission, said the training helped him see the importance of the role of men in addressing gender issues.

“At the Internal Revenue Commission we are trying to make the workplace safe and secure for our female staff,” Wale said.

No one should go through this: Police officer

29-year-old Josie Kikoli, who is attached with the downtown Port Moresby Family Sexual Violence Unit, last week bravely spoke of her ordeal where she suffered a nasty beating that left her unconscious and badly wounded.

The 29-year-old police officer almost lost her life when her ex-partner and father of her 18-month-old daughter beat her up three weeks ago.

Concern for family sexual violence support

The Deputy Commissioner of Police Operations, Jim Andrews, revealed there is a huge disparity between cases reported and convictions made.

Andrews says most cases do not run their full course because the victims withdraw them, adding that in most cases, the offender is often the main provider so the victim has no choice.

The DCP says there is a real need to give them that option that whatever level of support they are getting from the offender, this should be continued by the State through the trial and beyond.

New toolkit for advocates

The newly-developed community resources come in the form of flip charts and safety cards.

They are the end product of a series of consultations between Consultative Implementation & Monitoring Council-Family Sexual Violence Action Committee (CIMC-FSVAC), partners and stakeholders including the Department for Justice and Attorney General (DJAG) and Justice Services and Stability for Development (JSS4D).

This resource is called the survivor advocate toolkit and will help the advocate assist survivors of FSV through accessing support and justice / legal service.

PM challenges implementation of GBV laws

The PM was speaking in reference to a question raised by the East Sepik Governor Allan Bird highlighting the need for parliament to be more proactive on the agenda of gender-based violence and abuse in the country.

The Prime Minister made reference to laws and acts already in place that are designed to give protection to women, children and the most vulnerable in our society.

The PM however noted that it is the implementation of these laws which is a concern.

Voice Against Violence gains support

The NRL VAV initiative aims to assist the rugby league community to ‘stand up’ ‘speak out’ and ‘take action’ to prevent violence against women and children.

The announcement follows a highly successful Rugby League World Cup, which saw the USA Hawks compete against the Kumuls in Port Moresby.

Ambassador of the United States to PNG, Her Excellency Catherine Ebert-Gray, said this is the first time the US State Department has partnered with rugby league and spoke of the passion PNG has for it.

Most dangerous place to be a woman: Official

Serah Chapau, Oxfam in Papua New Guinea’s program manager, made the statement in anticipation of the launching of a new campaign tomorrow in Port Moresby.

The ‘Inap Nau! Laikim na lukautim femili’ campaign aims to create safe and peaceful communities by reducing violence against women and girls.

“We dream of a future where all women and girls can feel safe and secure in their own homes,” says Chapau.

NCD should come to standstill on Dec 10!

December 10 is Human Rights Day, annually celebrated across the world.

Governor Parkop is calling on the public to recognise this and make a stand, particularly to end violence in the country.

“We have not seriously addressed this issue (violence) in the past and I think the consequences are there for us to see, it’s affecting the economy, investment and the quality of life,” he said.

HIV risk higher: Women with violent partners

This was revealed by the regional manager for the National AIDS Council Secretariat, Valentine Tangoh.

He said violent men tend to have multiple sexual partners and do not often use condoms.

“Gender-based violence is a major driver of HIV in women. It affects the ability of women and girls to protect themselves from HIV or prevent unintended pregnancies or access HIV preventing services,” said Tangoh.

He stated that the traditional perception of masculinity enables and openly encourages men to dominate sexual decision-making.