Women Arise Massive gthering expected in Lae

Across Lae, a massive gthering is expected today as women all overthe City gther at Eriku oval to speak out against all forms of violence.

It’s a tough call andthe group is expecting no easy answers.

The gthering comes onthe back of a steep spike in serious crimes against women and children in recent months. On average, two women are attacked every day in Lae City.

Images of Papua New Guinea women who have gone through violence have become popular on Google search this year. The images shoPNG women beaten and tortured bPNG men.

Each woman has her own painful story to tell. Collectively, this stories and images will plague Papua New Guineafor many years to come.

Today, &lsquoWomen Arisersquo; and organization born ofthe desire to stemthe violence is speaking out. Mary Aisa, a UNITECH lecturer who is also part ofthe organizing committee says women have to speak out.

“We shouldn’t use society or Melanesian culture as an excuse to make this increased crime against women as a norm. I think part ofthe problem is women also accept. We are accepting that it is okay for men to beat us up,” says Aisa.

Community’s tired of attacks have turned ontheir own. The Papua Compound resident who allegedly molested a seven year old girl was beaten and handed over to police.

Many more cases have gone unreported.

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