Port Moresby City residents gathered to voice against GBV
By: Post Courier
BULK of the city residents in Port Moresby, especially women flocks all dressed in orange color gathered at Waigani this morning, to make their stances known against Gender Based Violence (GBV).
“Enough is enough. End gender based violence” was the key phrase used during the campaign against GBV.
Their support took NCD Governor Powes Parkop and Religion, Youth and Community Development Minister Delilah Gore to address the crowd and stand behind them to end violence.
At the same gathering, Minister Delilah Gore announced that Cabinet had approved the PNG National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender- Based Violence (2015-2025).
The strategy aims to strengthen and institutionalise the work on GBV in order to achieve zero-tolerance towards GBV as per Papua New Guinea Vision 2050.
“Gender Based Violence remains a key development challenge in PNG and has been prioritised in the development agenda as it negatively bears on the overall development of the country.
“The Strategy does not ‘reinvent’ structures and processes, but builds on existing interventions at national and sub-national level to secure government ownership at the highest level, and a stronger focus on coordination and monitoring for quality,” Minister Gore said.
Earlier, she told a news conference that the Government has policies and laws that prioritise GBV but due to the absence of a national strategy government agencies and stakeholders have been addressing GBV in Silos.
She said the strategy is the result of an extensive and inclusive collaboration and consultation process held with a wide range of stakeholders from academia, CSOs and FBOs, key international development partners, private sector representatives, as well as government policy makers and service providers, at national and sub-national levels.
Governor Parkop, a champion behind GBV and who has been pushing for the strategy to be realised, said the strategy is a roadmap to end GBV epidemic in PNG.
“So far we have been paying lip service to this issue and have not recognized the issue as a huge problem in the city and PNG.
He also thanked partners such as Sanap Wantaim (campaign), UN Women, UNDP, Office of the Development of women, NCD women’s councils and Gender desk and the Family Sexual Violence Action Committee and Community Development Department for their efforts.