Papua New Guinea

Population: 7,059,653 (2011 census)
Location: South-western Pacific Ocean, Oceania

 

SV Statistics

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is known for its high rate of gender based violence (including sexual violence):

  • 70 percent of women in PNG say they have been physically abused by their husbands. That number reaches 100 percent in some parts of the country. (PNG Law Reform Commission)
  • In Lae, Morobe Province, between January 2008 and October 2011, MSF and Angau Hospital treated 6,869 survivors of intimate partner violence – the equivalent of 149 a month – and 1,599 survivors of sexual violence (35 per month).
  • In Tari, Hela Province, from September 2009 to October 2011, MSF and Tari Hospital reported 1,471 survivors of intimate partner violence or 59 per month and 398 survivors of sexual violence or 16 cases per month.
  • Domestic violence is a criminal offence but continues to be viewed as a private matter and rarely addressed in public (Social Institutions and Gender Index of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).
  • In many cases, when survivors sought care at hospitals or health centres, their specific medical and psychological needs have not been recognised. Therefore many survivors haven’t receive the holistic care and support that they require.
  • 96% of citizens identified themselves as members of a Christian church; however, many citizens combine their Christian faith with some traditional indigenous religious practices. (2000 census)

 

Population: 7,059,653 (2011 census)
Location: South-western Pacific Ocean, Oceania

 

SV Statistics

Papua New Guinea (PNG) is known for its high rate of gender based violence (including sexual violence):

  • 70 percent of women in PNG say they have been physically abused by their husbands. That number reaches 100 percent in some parts of the country. (PNG Law Reform Commission)
  • In Lae, Morobe Province, between January 2008 and October 2011, MSF and Angau Hospital treated 6,869 survivors of intimate partner violence – the equivalent of 149 a month – and 1,599 survivors of sexual violence (35 per month).
  • In Tari, Hela Province, from September 2009 to October 2011, MSF and Tari Hospital reported 1,471 survivors of intimate partner violence or 59 per month and 398 survivors of sexual violence or 16 cases per month.
  • Domestic violence is a criminal offence but continues to be viewed as a private matter and rarely addressed in public (Social Institutions and Gender Index of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development).
  • In many cases, when survivors sought care at hospitals or health centres, their specific medical and psychological needs have not been recognised. Therefore many survivors haven’t receive the holistic care and support that they require.
  • 96% of citizens identified themselves as members of a Christian church; however, many citizens combine their Christian faith with some traditional indigenous religious practices. (2000 census)

 

What is the church doing?

  • Raising awareness on gender and sexual violence in rural and urban communities and within churches (women and youth groups, Sunday schools, support groups for people living with HIV etc.)
  • Working in partnership with health based NGOs to ensure increased awareness and facilitated discussions in communities to advocate for non-violent relationships
  • The Anglican Church is engaged in responding to any forms of violence in a holistic, compassionate way

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Churches organise a march with businesses, NGOs and local police to speak out against violence against women and children in Mt Hagen, Papua New Guinea (c) Diocese of Aipo Rongo

 

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