City Mission fights against gender-based violence

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The National, Monday November 11th, 2013

 BOYS at the City Mission Farm at Mirigeda, outside Port Moresby, are being taught to take the lead in the fight against gender-based violence.

City Mission chief executive Rev Ron Browne said gender-based violence could not be stopped with women after it happened.

“In light of what’s happening in this country with gender-based violence, our Haus Ruth deals with it but we realise that it’s not the answer,” he said.

“The answer is really out there on this rugby field (boys).

“The answer is teaching these boys what the Bible teaches in terms of a man and woman relationship, and how important a woman is to complete that young man.

“We teach these young men how to be men, how to be good husbands in the days ahead.

“That’s important to us and we’re doing it in a Biblical way, the way the Bible teaches us.

“I believe the long-term answer to gender-based violence in this country is not working with the women after it happens, it’s really working with the boys to get them to change so that they know better.

“That’s something we’re very passionate about.”