Awareness hails human rights

The National, Wednesday July 13th, 2016

An awareness on gender-based violence (GBV), human rights, protection and welfare featured in a military wives’ convention in Wewak, East Sepik, last week.
The PNG Military Wives Convention at Moem Barracks in Wewak saw participants being equipped with these information by speakers.
Male advocate of Family for Change Mackjoe Mace said a lot of GBV happened because of lack of proper understanding of gender. This awareness programmes were important to help change thinking and behaviour.
The director of Family for Change, Veronica Simogun, said they were grateful for the opportunity to get more information about GBV.
She said a lot of information was presented in one awareness that normally ran for a week.
“I hope you have some idea of the laws on gender-based violence and what to do when faced with an issue,”  Simogun said.
Family for Change based in Wewak have been operating for three years under Oxfam’s gender justice programme. It provides crisis support services for victims of violence or neglect. It includes counselling, mediation and paralegal services. Preventative information for schools and communities through its “men and boys behaviour change programme’ are also provided.
Simogun said after receiving training by health resources in gender human rights in 2008, she saw the need for such a service. She incorporated the organisation in 2012 but did not begin operations until July 2013.
They also use Life FM radio show weekly and have received positive feedbacks. Theyhope to do more programmes in other districts as well.