New group to focus on sorcery-related killings

National, Normal

The National, Tuesday 30th April 2013

 THE rise in sorcery-related killings of women recently has prompted the formation of a group who want to address the issue. 

Volunteers, public servants and social workers from churches, non-governmental organisations, government agencies, civil groups and women councils met last Friday in Port Moresby to form the group. 

Chairperson Ume Wainetti of the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council said they hoped to identify the best possible way to address the issue and create a network to end violence against women especially if they were sorcery-related. 

“We will meet in two weeks to get the work going to advocate for stronger policies to curb the problem,” Wainetti said. 

One of the steps identified was to create more awareness in the rural areas on how the justice system worked and the revised Sorcery Act.