By Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby
A book and film, voicing concerns about violence against women in girls in Papua New Guinea was jointly launched by wife of the Prime Minister, Linda Babao, and Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Deborah Stokes.
The book titled ‘Powerful Voices’ and film ‘Harim Mi’, took three years to complete; and contains stories of 49 women in 10 communities from the Western Highlands and West Sepik provinces.
They were produced by FHI 360, with financial support of $AUS 2.5 million from the Australian Government.
The publication and release of the film is part of the Komuniti Lukautim Ol Meri Initiative which over 200 thousand people in both provinces participated in the awareness campaigns.
Australia has provided AU$2.5 million to this program through Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen.
Gender equality and women’s empowerment is a key priority area in Australia’s involvement in Papua New Guinea.
An additional $AUS 2.5 million will be provided by Australian Government for FHI 360 to continue their awareness in PNG.