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May 18, 2021

Breakthrough: 30 Men Pledged to Tackle Violence against Women

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It has been a breakthrough now that 30 men fromthe 19 different government departments have signed a pledge to tackle violence against women in Papua New Guinea 


Secretary John Kali said its history inthe making, adding that men have come to terms thatthey arethe key to reducing financial and emotional abuse inthe workplace and home.

The National Public Service in PNG rsquo;s largest employer, with more than 19 thousand public servants acrossthe country.


From this seto30 men fromthe 19 different government departments stood up and pledge to fight for equal rights for women and girls.


The department of personnel management has established a network of male advocates acrossthe public service.


Participants saidthey are agents of change and will assist stakeholders create an environment free from violence and discrimination especially for women and girls.


This network is supported and funded by Australia underthe Economic and Public Sector Program.


The program not only aims to create safer workplaces, homes and communities for women and girls, but to better understandthe reasons men use violence.


The pledge made bythese men was described as a stepping stone to building mutual understanding and respect for the opposite sex – an issue that is still despised in many traditional societies in Papua New Guinea


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