PNG Has Among World's Highest Rates Of Gender Violence, Sorcery Killing

Research shows 2 out of 3 women experience violence daily 

By Riodan Begushar

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Nov. 18, 2016) – Papua New Guinea has one of the world’s highest rates of gender violence and sorcery killing.

This is according United Nation Population Fund (UNPF) program analyst Steven Paniu at a gender violence conference in Lae.

"From our little data that we have collected on gender violence and sorcery killing especially against women, the result is alarming, PNG is one of the countries with a high number of violence against women cases in 2016," Mr Paniu said.

He said from a research conducted at Divine Word University, two out of three women experience violence daily, from another survey and research carried out in Bougainville, 61.9 per cent of men do admit violence against women.

These are reported cases and do not include the unreported ones, especially in the remote areas.

"A lots of mothers and women who are victims of abuse and violence find it hard to go to police stations for they fear their lives, if they do report their husbands might do more harm to them, or even kill them, and that is the biggest fear that becomes a barrier for women who are victims of violence going to police stations and report," Mr Paniu said.

In addition, PNG Tropical Foundation deputy director Ruth Kisang said the Highlands region was the main area in the country with women becoming victims of violence.

"W have rolled out awareness programs on gender violence and recently into awareness on sorcery related killings, for sorcerers killed or burned to death are mainly women and girls," she said.

Mrs Kisang said real men do not beat up their wives, they see women as their other half.

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