Category Archives: Violence

O’Neill Wants Churches to Lead Sorcery Fight

By EHEYUC SESERU The National

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has called on churches to take the lead in the fight against sorcery accusations and violence against women in villages.

O’Neill said the old mentality and belief in sorcery was affecting the nation in rural and urban areas.

He said the most affected were always women and girls.

O’Niell called on churches to lead in driving awareness in the villages because the government could not go there. He said the elimination of gender-based violence (GBV) and sorcery accusations needed the help of the churches.

“Our churches must identify solutions and address these social issues in our villages and communities, and address it through mission and the word of God,” he said.

“The church has an important role to play among our population by influencing people’s behaviour.”

O’Neill acknowledged church workers in rural areas but said the issues were affecting people.

He said the government was ready to work with churches to address sorcery and gender-based violence.

The prime minister was speaking at Mogl Kagai village in Sinasina-Yongomulg, Chimbu, on the first day of the 31st synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG.

The church’s Bishop Rev Jack Urame said they were ready to work with the government to address issues that were affecting people in rural areas.

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Violence Abhorred

By : The National

 

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has voiced the nation’s outrage at the “unacceptable” torture and killings of women and girls accused of practising sorcery, as another mother died yesterday.

He referred to the men behind the torture and killing of women and girls as “cowards” whose actions were “pathetic and perverted”.

The outpouring of shock and outrage was sparked by the torture two weeks ago in Enga of the six-year-old daughter of Kepari Leniata, the women stripped and burnt to death in public in Mt Hagen in 2013.

The perpetrators believed that sanguma was hereditary and passed from the mother to the daughter. “Let’s be clear. Sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish,” O’Neill said.

“In the modern day, sanguma is not a real cultural practice.
“It is a false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.

“The men behind these murders are cowards who are looking for someone to blame because of their own failure in life. These violent acts are against our values as a nation and are completely unacceptable.”

“In the case of the young girl who was recently attacked in Enga, we are grateful for the brave people who gave her first aid and took her to a safe location.”

O’Neill said community leaders who allowed the abuse to continue “are just as bad as the men who carry out the crimes”. “As a Christian nation, these abuses are also an attack on our religion,” O’Neill said.

“That goes against all the teachings of the church.
“The Christian faith that we share teaches us to love one another and uphold the rights of the young and the weak.

“In churches around our country, I call on leaders to discuss this issue and how you would deal with this violence if it was tried in your communities.”

The prime minister said the Government would continue to work with the churches, people and police “to end these false beliefs and protect the lives of all Papua New Guineans”.

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Acting PM Condemns Domestic Violence

BY NELLIE SETEPANO ( Post Courier )

 

Acting Prime Minister Charles Abel has condemned the ongoing occurrences of violence against women throughout Papua New Guinea.

“One of the important aspects that is affecting our culture today, one that is very upsetting and disturbing, is the violence that we continue to perpetuate against our women, particularly the violence that is happening in Papua New Guinea today, related to sorcery.

“This is happening throughout PNG, and I want to say, very clearly, that this is not part of our culture.

“The violence and the suppression of our women is not part of our culture,” he said,

He said using the excuse of sorcery, where men pick on old, vulnerable ladies, like widows, because they have some excuse or problems in their minds, they blame old, defenseless ladies is not PNG culture.

“It is only an act of cowardice, where Papua New Guinean men stand around and watch while other men torture old ladies, widows and young women, is not Papua New Guinea – that is a sick culture.

“Therefore, I want to condemn these actions, in the strongest and highest way possible. Those who perpetuate such violence against women are not men – they are cowards and bullies. If you are men, go pick on another man,” he said.

“I want those cowards to be stopped and the law to hold them to account. I am not proud to be a Papua New Guinean, when I see a Papua New Guinean man doing that to a Papua New Guinean lady,” he said.

He said such behavior is completely unacceptable and the government and all of us must do everything in our power to eradicate it.

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women

Men Need to Stand Up to Prevent Violence Against Women
PM Calls for Communities and Churches to Show Leadership

Approved for Release: 25 October 2017
Office of the Prime Minister
Papua New Guinea

 

Communities must stand up against any act of violence against women, and Churches must take a leading role in protecting victims and exposing violent men.

This is the message from the Prime Minster, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, to community and church leaders, as well as male family members who he said have a natural responsibility to protect their mothers, daughters and sisters.

“A man is a coward if he thinks it is ok to hit a woman, these abusers would not have the courage to hit a man who was bigger than they are, but they hit a woman who is smaller,” the Prime Minister said.

“We have enacted laws to prevent violence against women, but no Government in any country can stop violence against women without the active support of communities.

“There must be zero tolerance in our nation for violence against women, and community leaders must do more to help victims rather than supporting perpetrators.

“Community leaders are not truly leaders if they turn a blind eye to violence against women.

“Every human life matters and must be protected, and domestic violence is totally unacceptable.

“Any community or Church leader who turns a blind eye to even a single case of violence against women has let their people down, and has abandoned the Christian principles our Nation holds dear.”

The Prime Minister further called on the men in families to take a stand against any violence they see.

“I also appeal to the sons of our nation, if your Father beats your Mother you have to show that you are a man and stand up for your Mother.

“Your Mother gave you life, now you must protect her life and show gratitude for her commitment to you.

“The same goes for all the men in families, to brothers, uncles, and other male family members, do not turn a blind eye.”

The Prime Minister said the National Government will increase public awareness aimed at preventing domestic violence. This will be undertaken alongside the commitment of increased resources for police and courts to deal with violent men, as well as increased support for the victims of violence.

Manase Calls Out Poyle

June 1, 2017
Kandep
Candidate for the Kandep open seat Alfred Manase has raised concerns over the fact that sitting MP and Opposition leader Don Polye is yet to visit his constituencies in Kandep.
Mr Manase believes Mr Polye is too afraid to front up to the people who are angered by his failure to deliver on promises and fulfill pledges that he had made during the previous election.
“If Mr Polye is to visit the people, he will have to confront his failures and that would be too glaring to accept. He would see schools, aid posts and roads that are unusable and be confronted by people angry with him over a clear lack of services in the Kandep region.”
Manase has also raised concerns over the campaign strategy being employed by Mr Polye during this election.
To date, the Opposition leader has not yet set foot in Kandep.
Mr Manase believes this might be indicative of Mr Polye’s plan to commit electoral fraud as he had allegedly done in the past.
“Don Polye is hiding from the people of Kandep, and is proof that he is too scared to face up to the people he has ignored for over a decade, ” Mr Manase said.
“I am now reading in the newspaper that he has chosen to attack the Electoral Commission, the one authority who will be there to stop him from cheating as he did in 2007 and 2012.”
“Don doesn’t want the PNG Defence Force in Kandep, either; he fears having a safe and secure election will stop his people from intimidating voters in Kandep with firearms.”
“Anyone who wants to be the prime minister of Papua New Guinea needs to respect democracy. Mr Polye’s attack on the PNGDF, the Electoral Commission and local police who are not ‘loyal’ to him shows that democracy is something Don wishes he didn’t have to deal with.”
“I have spent the entire campaign period visiting the people of Kandep and seeing firsthand the consequences of Polye’s 15-year leadership. There are no roads, schools are falling apart, and there is no healthcare. What has he done with his DSIP funds?”
“Don should stop being a coward and face the people he has let down. He should not be allowed to call himself the alternative prime minister while his people are suffering like this.”

O’Neill Condemns Terror Attack

May 24, 2017 – Post Courier 
Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, has expressed deep concern and outrage following multiple deaths and injuries in the British city of Manchester overnight.

Following the terror attack, the Prime Minister said the resources of the international community must be utilised to bring those behind the attack to justice.

“The cowards who would perpetrate such a sickening attack cannot claim to represent any religion or any legitimate cause,” the Prime Minister said.

“Many of the victims were children, with their full lives ahead of them, who have been murdered in such a disgusting and brutal act.


“The people of Papua New Guinea offer our prayers, and our hopes of survival for those injured. “We extend our sincere sympathies and condolences to the families of those who were killed, particularly the families of the young children.

“Papua New Guinea stands with our partners in the international community to strengthen action to deal with and prevent terrorist acts around the world, and to hunt down the people who take part in or sponsor terrorist activities.”

The Prime Minister said the Papua New Guinea Department of Foreign Affairs is working with counterparts in the British Government to confirm that no Papua New Guinean citizens were affected by the attack.

Gender Equality A Foreign Concept For UPNG Students

May 12, 2017 – Post Courier

The University of Papua New Guinea’s school of business and public policy will integrate gender equality into its curriculum as part of a new approach to changing behaviours.

A gender workshop was held at the university recently for the school of business staff to ensure gender issues become a part of student learning.

The workshop was funded by the Association of Commonwealth Universities and facilitated through the Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct.

University vice-chancellor Professor Albert Mellam said that the institution had an important role to play in creating change.

“Gender equality is so fundamentally critical to Papua New Guinea. This is one way of contributing to pushing back against these problems that are endemic across the world,” Prof Mellam said.

Gender

The school of business executive dean Professor Lekshmi N. Pillai said that the time is right to embrace gender equality and embed it as part of the curriculum.

“Sustainable future growth must be based on the right principles, practices and policies.

We can integrate gender into the way business, economics and public policy are taught and change the way students think about these issues,” Prof Pillai said.

Head of business management Evelyn Kua said education is crucial for improving opportunities for women in Papua New Guinea.

“Gender equality has been a foreign concept in the Papua New Guinean cultural context and that is a challenge which needs to be addressed.

“Traditionally, men have been the decision makers and the providers of food, shelter and protection but these trends are changing.

We need to create a curriculum that can bridge the gap between tradition and the realities of today,” Mrs Kua said.

The school of business will use the outcomes of the workshop to promote gender equality as part of its curriculum, as part of the PNG Government’s Gender and Social Inclusion (GESI) policy and the ethics and values-based executive leadership and management capability framework.

The Pacific Leadership and Governance Precinct is part of the Papua New Guinea-Australia Partnership to build a new generation of ethical and accountable public and private sector leaders.

The precinct also works to ensure the GESI policy is rolled out among all its stakeholders including UPNG.

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