Women Arise- Fight Against Vionlence Against Women

TheWomen Arisegroup held a forum today to share ideas on how to mobilize more support and action against all forms of violence faced by women in PNG today.


The urgent forum was organized followingthe recent attack and rape of a female American Scientist in Madang province.

The forum was attended by various stakeholders involved in women and violence issues, as well as interested participants and guests fromthe government.

Vanessa Kerton Smthe, a friendofthe American Scientist attacked and raped on Karkar Island, sharedthe horrifying ordeal faced by her friend.

Dame Carol Kidu was also present. She had assisted withthe American scientists’ return to Port Moresby.

She saidthe government has responded tothe incident and thers that have occurred recently;they will now needthe help of civil societies to put an end to such violent crimes.

TheInstitute of National Affairs also spoke against such crimes. Executive Director Paul Berker saidthere needs to be a more dramatic response.

CIMC’s Family and Sexual Violence Action Committeee Coordinator Ume Wainetti also said misunderstanding and ignorance by people, contributes to violence crimes against anther person.

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