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Public transport system to be improved

This follows the first-ever Gender and Transport Seminar facilitated by UN Women, where participants from donor and civil society organisations, academics and government authorities, identified specific service gaps in the current public transport system.

Some shortfalls included unsafe public spaces at bus stops and on buses for women and girls, lack of accessibility for people living with disabilities, poor enforcement to regulate bus tariffs and a need of a transport regulatory framework.

Taxi drivers commit to promoting women’s safety

This follows a recent Gender and Human Rights Sensitisation Training conducted by UN Women.

Representatives from taxi companies; Comfort Taxis, Kanny Transport Services, City Loop and individual operators, who attended the training, discussed issues regarding the safety of women and girls in Port Moresby’s public spaces and their role as public transport providers to take action to address this social concern.

PNG artists invited to enter UN Women song contest

UN Women Country Representative Dr. Jeff Buchanan said the competition is a fantastic opportunity for seasoned and up-and-coming artists in PNG to promote gender equality and empower women in the country.

“The video clip should feature your campaign message to end violence against women and girls, and whenever possible, any campaign activities that you and your community have engaged in,” he said. “Artists are welcome to use the song as is or to sing a cover version of the song in English or in your own language.”

1, 700 women vendors benefit from Safe City program

The program seeks to increase women’s engagement in market activity, through addressing some of the risks to safety that women vendors and customers face traveling to and from, and working in the markets.

Executive director of UN Women, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said out of a total of 2,000 vendors, 85 percent are women and the safety that the women experience as a result of the program is priceless.

Alongside the National Capital District Commission, the police and vendor association are ensuring that the markets are a safe place to sell produce and earn a living.

NCDC and UN Women to highlight Sanap Wantaim Campaign

As a result, resources for initiatives to prevent and end violence against women and girls are severely lacking.

UN Women and NCDC in a collaborative effort to honor the International Day to end Violence Against Women and Girls will sign orange hand pledges to make Port Moresby safe for Women and Girls.

On November 25, as part of the International Day to End Violence Against Women and Girls, Governor Powes Parkop and Dr. Jeffery Buchanan, UN Women Country Director will lead a walk of youth and civil society organisations.

Fiji signs deal with PNG Road Traffic Authority

This was made possible during a learning exchange visit to Fiji last week, where the PNG Road Traffic Authority and the Fiji Land Transport Authority signed a Memorandum of Understanding for an ongoing and close partnership.

This deal will enable the Fiji Land Transport Authority to share its expertise and provide technical support to the newly established PNG Road Traffic Authority in the areas of licensing, vehicle registration, road safety, fee collection and safe public transport services.

Entries for UNAIDS Media Awards open

The Awards will recognize excellence in reporting on HIV and Gender Based Violence issues where in 2015 was launched as a collaboration between UNAIDS and UN Women.

The 2016 is expected to be an even more exciting and rewarding than the 2015 inaugural awards for reporters who want to make a positive change related to such issue in our communities.

UN Women wants to recognize this achievement with the Annual Awards and in addition, there will also be an Award for the best editorial column in PNG of which was award to Post-Courier last year.