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PNG: Australia Law and Justice Partnership Program

by Theckla Gunga – EM TV, Port Moresby

A Leadership Development Program was held in Porgera District, Enga Province, to help change the way stakeholders address family and sexual violence in their communities.

The training is part of the Papua New Guinea–Australia Law and Justice Partnership Program, an agreement in place to improve the law and justice sector.

Because of the concept involved, the training was conducted in a serious of workshops over three days.

The idea was to empower stakeholders on how to respond to family and sexual violence in their workplace, communities and within their families.

This training is the second series of three, the first was held in March and the next will be July. 

In Papua New Guinea, Family and Sexual Violence rates have increased in recent years.

At the Lae Metropolitan Command, over 40 cases of sexual violence are reported in a week; most of these are committed by persons related to the victims.

Similar figures are also reported to other provincial police stations.  

Thus the PNG-Australian joint law and sector partnership program was initiated to assist community and spiritual leaders, parents and teachers on how to think, speak and act when addressing the violence. 

The Civil Society TLDP Trainer who Co-Facilitated the training said the 33 stakeholders who have participated in the May training were outstanding and have the opportunity to undergo the Training of Trainers. 

The training concluded last month.

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