Live in Unity and Peace: Image: Cuma PNG
BY Elle Bee
Just sharing my thoughts...
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN has become the norm in many parts of Papua New Guinea and is one of the many issues affecting our country today.
There are a number of factors involved with the three most common being domestic matters, bride price payments and the mentality of a male dominated society.
Most men regard women as objects and blame their wives for every little thing they find fault in. For instance bearing a female child when they want a male, work pressure, family obligations, forgetting to clean the house or wash the dishes, children crying, food not cooked to his liking, does not like the way she is dressing, no respect, not enough food in the house and talking to a male stranger to name a few.
This in turn leads to quarrels, arguments, disunity and to domestic violence within and among families creating a tension in the village, community, the society and the country as a whole.
By Thin Lei Win
BANGKOK (AlertNet) – The woman’s skin was pink and raw – scalded by boiling water that her husband threw at her, the aid worker said.
Telling her story at a Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) clinic in Lae, Papua New Guinea's second largest city, the scalded woman recalled how she pondered suicide before seeking refuge there. After receiving medical attention and psychological support, she decided life was worth living after all.
"He was drunk and started an argument in the kitchen," the 28-year-old woman, who was too afraid to give her real name, told the aid worker from medical charity MSF. "He grabbed the kitchen pot and began chasing me around the table. I was terrified."
BY JO CHANDLER THE AGE (Melbourne)
AS A GIRL GROWING UP in the Papua New Guinea township of Daru, just across the water from where the northernmost finger of the Australian mainland points into Torres Strait, Ume Wainetti enjoyed great freedom.
She would wander far and wide collecting firewood, or fish, or seashells. There were dangers, of course: her island home, near the mouth of the Fly River, was deep in wild country. Survival required that she could identify hidden hazards: swim strongly, read the treacherous tides and keep well clear of crocodiles.
It never occurred to her to be afraid of the men and boys whose paths she crossed. Forty years later, the risk of violent attack in many parts of PNG, including Daru, is such that it is unimaginable that girls might safely roam as Wainetti once did. Indeed, her own generation often find they have less freedom of movement today, as mature women, than they did as girls.