Taste my tears
Silence my screams
Catch my hits
Stop my trembling
Women Not Witches
Julie suffered severe injuries when she was kidnapped and gang raped © Vlad Sokhin
Six-year-old Julie was kidnapped by four men in Lae. They raped her for eight hours and then left her on the street.
Her injuries are so severe that she can barely walk and can never have children.
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS IN PNG
Facing violence, torture and death is a horrifying reality for many women and girls in PNG.
Violence and murder
Despite new laws making sexual and domestic violence against women a crime, women and girls in PNG still face savage attacks and even death at the hands of strangers and family members. Gang members in the country admit to committing rape and armed robbery, with two-thirds of their victims being women.
Women and girls in PNG are also the victims of sorcery-related attacks. Accused of witchcraft – often by neighbours or loved ones – they are subject to beatings, torture and death, with some even being burned alive.
Such cases are rarely brought to court, perpetuating the brutal tradition.
But things can change.
THE SOLUTION: A TWO-PRONGED APPROACH
To prevent further violence and death against women and girls in PNG, we need to act fast. We can tackle these horrendous issues head on from two angles.
- Short term: protecting women and girls at immediate risk of violence and killings in PNG.
- Long term: bringing about lasting change in PNG and throughout the entire Pacific region.
During times of crisis or danger, your support allows us to:
- Help those in immediate danger of violence and death by providing rescue, relocation and shelter.
- Encourage as many people as possible to take action on behalf of those at risk.
- Provide publicity on cases of violence and death and let the PNG authorities know the world is watching.
With enough resources and research we can continue to:
- Pressure the PNG government to ensure the implementation of legislation to protect women.
- Work with local activists on the ground to help end violence against women in PNG for good.