Walk for Life Dedicated to Fighting Gender-based Violence

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All forms of violence in the country are contributing factors to what is stopping the country from moving forward and developing.

This was the message from the NCD Governor Powes Parkop, and state agencies who dedicated this morning’s ‘Walk for Life’ to address Gender Based Violence.

The walk is themed “Em Inap Nau, Stoppim Violence” and began at 5am at the Murray Barracks rugby field.

NCD Governor Powes Parkop said despite the efforts of NGO’s, church groups and state agencies, the prevalence of GBV and violence is getting worse.

He described it as an “emergency” in the country.

Last month was also the month of Domestic Violence, it was an unfortunate time with media reports of women who have lost their lives to domestic violence.

And one in particular was, Post Courier Journalist, Rosalyn Albaniel Evara, which brought to light that domestic violence is experienced by women in all levels of society.

The Organising Committee for the walk believed they cannot change people’s mindsets overnight, but to carry out the message that violence and especially gender based violence is everyone’s business.

They want to make the message clear that society rejects this type of behaviour.

Meanwhile, the event is also a lead-up to the 20 days of activism of Human Rights which will focus on Gender Based Violence on the 12th of November.

Merilyn Diau-Katam

Commenced work at EMTV in October 2015, covering Health, Education and Environment stories under the News and Current Affairs Department, while also translating and presenting Tok Pisin Nius. She is now a Senior Online Officer for EMTV Online.

Merilyn Diau-Katam

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