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September 26, 2021

Gender Besed and Sexual Violence Increasing in Morobe

Gender Besed and Sexual Violence is a problem that is increasing in some ofthe remote places inthe Morobe province.


A recent visit to Maiama by Yana Advocacy, a social welfare group (NGO), headed by Jacinta Teterets revealedthe extent ofthe problem.

The YANA Advocacy revealed that more women in remote place inthe Morobe province continue to face various forms of sexual and gender based violence.  However, due tothe breakdown in law and order, offenders aren’t being punished.


“The Government needs to enforce law and order in a community level,” said Teterets.

The story revealed by Ms Teterets in this interview only gave a tiny snapshot of offences committed in remote areas that are being largely ignored.


That has been fuelled by poor awareness onthe issue andthe absence of Law and Order mechanisms inthese places.


Statistics are yet to be gthered but Teterets believethe problem is justthe same all over remote places in Papua New Guinea


Many ofthe victims are abused bytheir own relatives or by peoplethey know.


While many in urban areas may see this as a serious offense, those in remote areas see this as normal.


Many in rural areas however sometimes chose to solvethe crime out ofthe formal court system, and to a large extent makPNG’s criminal laws ineffective.


It has been a problem that responsible authorities and non-government organizations haven’t adequately contained yet.


Caption: Jacinta Teterets of Yana Advocacy, a social welfare group.


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