Women working on Strategic Framework to end Violence

A strategic framework aimed at putting an end to all forms of violence is being formulated bythe newly formed group called &ldquoWomen Arise”

The group feelsthe National Council for Woman is not doing enough to combatthe high incidences of Violence against women. They saythey are doing it for the future oftheir children and Papua New Guineaas a whole.

The gthering held on Sunday at Holiday in Port Moresby is a follow on fromthe Lae protests held last month. Sponsor ofthe Venue Tribal Foundation put a personnel face tothe Mt Hagen Killing.

PNG’s first Female Lawyer Josepha Kiris gave a historic perspective into women issues sightingthe formation ofthe Council of Womenin 1984. She criticizedthe lack of involvement ofthe council.

She sayPNG is a signatory tothe Convention ofthe Elimination and Discrimination Against Womenor CEDAW, it has been breached many times over.

With so many women rights groups popping up everywhere women arise wants to come up with a more collaborative and sustainable approach.

There is no up to date data on prevalence rate of violence against women. Bet according tothPNG Law Reform Commission report of 1992, 67 percent of wives face domestic violence.

Meredith Kuusa, National EMTV News

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