New study on gender-based violence

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A NEW baseline research study will be carried out and funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC) eliminate and prevent gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.
The baseline survey will focus on attitudes and practices to prevent and respond to GBV and would be conducted on the police and selected communities. 
According to UNDP senior adviser Amelia Siamomua, two consultants had been hired to conduct the baseline study of RPNGC including their work in relation to prevent and respond to GBV. 
Both will be meeting with key stakeholders to brief them on their assignment and to benefit from perspectives and insights of the subject. 
She said the recommendations would serve as a sound foundation to develop a capacity building package for the RPNGC.
In addition to the report, performance assessment tools with indicators which would be used to assess the RPNGC’s attitudes and practices to GBV, had been developed.
The RPNGC and the United Nations are keen to see this exercise translate into commitments that will follow through in support of preventing and eliminating GBV in the country.
Meanwhile, Police Commissioner Gari Baki yesterday welcomed the two women consultants from UNDP who will conduct research.
This follows an agreement between the United Nations and the RPNGC where a letter of intent was signed back in June, by the UN resident coordinator, David McLachlan-Karr.