PNG CAPITAL RECOMMITS TO REDUCING GBV
Port Moresby residents took to the streets early this morning not only to raise awareness on Gender-based violence. Also, to recommit to call for an end to gender-based violence.
This was the lead up to 25 November 2021. This is the official day as cited by the United Nations that begins 16 days of activism against gender-based violence.
NCD Governor, Powes Parkop said about 1 in 3 women have experienced gender-based violence. During times of economic strain or hardship, the number of cases has increased.
“Because of the economic effects of Covid-19 on many small businesses and industries overall, it is important now, more than ever, to ensure that women are safe through awareness campaigns such as this.
Throughout the city about 20 communities walked in small groups to show their solidarity this morning. The campaign intends to end gender-based violence in Port Moresby.
The main walk took place from Sir Hubert Murray Stadium and ended at Ela Beach.
The small crowd of about 20 people walked, observing Covid-19 protocols.
Some other participants held signs and slogans with advocacy messages that fitted with the Redvember theme.
Once the crowd arrived at Ela Beach, there were dramatic presentations and dances performed by women and men from various communities.
The performances aimed to artistically showcase that violence against women must end now.
After the drama and dance presentations, Governor Parkop as well as representatives from Child Fund, Human Rights Defenders and the NCD GBV Secretariat delivered speeches.
PORT MORESBY RECOMMITS TO ACHIEVE NATIONAL OUTCOMES
Governor Parkop gave a heartfelt speech about the fact that: “When we reduce or stop violence against women, we can move closer to our goal of having a country that is healthy, wealthy, smart and wise.”
He reminded the listeners that men who commit violence against women do not respect themselves.
Additionally, he said and that everyone must work together to stop violence across the city.
Mr Parkop hopes that continued activism as well as the focus on gender-based violence over the next 16 days will support the beginnings of changed attitudes towards women.
Thus, over-time, there will result in less instances of gender-based violence in Port Moresby.