Gender Based Violence

Fight heightens to stop Gender Based Violence

Meeting with respective authorities, various women groups with support of a few men have moved to push for the issue to be seriously addressed at the government level.

The meet today identified the Papua New Guinea National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender Based Violence 2016 – 2025 is yet to be endorsed by the government.

The strategy published in late 2015 was compiled through a concerted effort by all stakeholders, with four objectives, one including prevention of GBV.

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As reported by Port Moresby General Hospital Family Support Centre (FSC), the centre helps over 100 survivors every month and 12 new cases daily.

WHO country representative to PNG, Dr. Pieter Van Maaren says health workers must work with survivors of violence to help them stay safe and connect them to other service they may need.

Maaren said, “Health workers should ask the right questions, listen with compassion and reassure victims of violence that it is not their fault.

“They must work with stakeholders to raise awareness of the consequences of GBV.”

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Communities are eager to see a greater and more consistent support from the Government.

PNG NCD gender desk representative, Kay Kaugla, says effective management of GBV requires more awareness coming from our youths.

“This along with a range of support services such as emergency, medical services and psychological care, police protection and rehabilitation of the survivors.

“Youths can play a major role in turning the mindset of upcoming ones in the community.”

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 PNG Council of Women Momase region representative Miong Kila says women in a lot of villages she has visited have been greatly affected by domestic violence.

She said the reality is common where women in the villages are abused and bashed up by their husbands.

Kila has done awareness in the Morobe Province and says more awareness needs to be done to educate men on gender equality.

“The most affected are children who grow up in this type of environment and this is very unhealthy."