Support centres and safe houses to be established across the country for victims of family and sexual violence
Out of the 136 countries listed on the UNDP’s gender development index, PNG ranks at just 124, placing it in the bottom 10% of countries worldwide
Two out of three women have experienced severe physical abuse from a partner with 98% of women in the highland areas reporting domestic violence. More than half of all rape victims in Papua New Guinea (who go to hospital) are aged under 16. One in four is under 12, and one in 10 is under eight.
Above are young members of the Dirty Dons 585 gang pose in one of Port Moresby’s settlements. The group admits committing rape as initiation practices and armed robbery and assault with two thirds of its victims are women.
19yo July shows off her prosthetic leg in front of her house in Kundiawa town, Simbu Province. At the age of nine months, July’s father attacked her and chopped off her leg. When she went to the city of Lae to be fitted for a new prosthetic leg she was raped by several members of a local gang and later found out she was pregnant. She now lives with her son James in Kundiawa town.
Richard Bal shows off the disfigured ear of his wife, Agita, in the Morobe block of Port Moresby. In December 2010, after coming home drunk, Richard took a bush-knife and cut off half of Agita’s left ear. He spent one night in the police station and was released the next morning due to “insufficient evidence” to initiate criminal proceedings. Agita’s relatives did not allow her to leave Richard, having received 500 kina compensation from him for the “potential damage” caused.
Linda grieves the death of her 25-year-old daughter Amanda, who died at Port Moresby General Hospital after being raped in the street by multiple members of a gang. She was stabbed over 17 times and never regained consciousness. She had moved to Port Moresby to attend University.