Safe city programme continues

Normal, Papua

The National, Monday August 5th, 2013

 THE United Nations Women Safe City programme aims to reduce violence against women in Port Moresby through training.

It has completed training for police and has moved on to the transport system.

UN Women safe cities programme specialist Alethia Jimenez said:  “What we are doing is a scoping assessment to determine how to expand the safe cities programme in the markets into the transport system.

“A study team headed by researcher Rachel Terrell-Perica will be conducting focus groups interviews and surveys to determine what the people of PNG want to make public transport safe, in particular for women and girls who get constantly harassed, abused and robbed in the public transport.”

Terrell-Perica said the survey on the women-only buses programme would continue when necessary adjustments to the programme are finalised.

The programme aimed to support a transformation in the relationship between city hall and city residents who should be able to use city facilities such as markets without fear or being attacked, robbed or harassed.

The goal of the project was to create a safe city through the reduction of violence against women.