By Quinton Alomp – EM TV, Port Moresby
Papua New Guinea is still in need of a national strategy for gender based violence.
Almost forty years since independence, the country is yet to formally have a national strategy for addressing gender related violence.
Non-Government Organisations dealing with gender violence do have a strategy. However, the national government itself has none. The gap remains unfixed for almost 40 years now.
However, Community Development Acting Secretary, Anna Solomon, said the department is working hard to have a strategy in place.
Early next year, Minister responsible, Delilah Gore, is expected to present the first national strategy on gender based violence to parliament.
Once the strategy is formalised in parliament, organisations that deal with violence against women and children can strategise and align their activities accordingly.
Statistics show that about six out of ten women in PNG experience violence and are verbally, physically and sexually abused.
Violence against women and children is a serious problem in the country that generates global discussions but little has been done over the years by responsible government agencies to have strategies made available to combat violence, in all its forms, against women and children in Papua New Guinea.