A coalition of Papua New Guinean Provincial Governors demanded the national government to deploy international law enforcement support and committed to implementing strategies to combat gender based violence (GBV) in their provinces.
In a meeting led by Grand Chief Sir Peter Ipatas and hosted by NCD Governor Hon. Powes Parkop on August 26, the governors discussed the catastrophic impact that GBV is having on the country and agreed that violence against women and girls is the single greatest violation of human rights in the country and impediment to development.
The August 26 meeting was a direct follow up to the “High-Level Conference on Gender-Based Violence” held in Port Moresby at Parliament Haus on Monday 24th August chaired by the Hon. Governors Powes Parkop and Alan Bird.
Sharing his NCD GBV Strategy, Governor Parkop said that just being a woman or girl in the country, means living a life filled with risk and harassment, diminished opportunity and forced silence. Governor Parkop continued by saying that as Governors, the group bears the responsibility of speaking for the women they represent – and the women they represent have a right by the constitution of the country to equality of opportunity and a life without violence.
Sir Peter said GBV had become a crisis in the country. He added due to lack of police investigation and prosecution, most GBV cases go no-where. Governor Ipatas further stated he was confident all other members of parliament will support the agenda advocated by Governor Parkop.
Our feature pic shows Governors in attendance (L-R): Southern Highlands Governor William Powi, Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu, Enga Governor Grand Chief Sir Peter Ipatas, NCD Governor Parkop Parkop, West New Britain Governor Francis Maneke and at back row: Oro Governor Gary Juffa & East Sepik Governor Allan Bird. Credit: NCDC