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Governors Parkop and Naru raise awareness on gender violence

By Scott Waide, EM TV Lae Bureau Chief

NCD Governor and Morobe’s Kelly Naru have used their 4am walk from Lae’s University of Technology to the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium to draw attention to gender base violence in Papua New Guinea.

The governors, who have been engaged in humorous war of words over their teams’ possible performances at the 6th BSP PNG Games, began the morning of the opening ceremony with a call for more respect and understanding towards women.

“Time have changed”, Parkop told a crowd at the end of the walk. “We do not have tribal conflicts that demand.

“We live in a world where it is unacceptable to rape and harm our women”.

The governors’ comments come at a time when Lae city is experiencing an increase in gender base violence.

One the week before the games, a woman was raped and killed, her body dumped at Lae’s DCA point.

Another was kidnapped and assaulted two days ago.

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