3 Dec 2007

PNG Health Minister fighting domestic violence, but just in his district

7:07 pm on 3 December 2007

Papua New Guinea's Health Minister says new funding to tackle domestic violence will be limited to his electorate.

Sasa Zibe says he's putting up to 72 thousand US dollars to tackle the problem in the Huon district, which he says will help more abused women get treatment and press charges.

But he says while other parts of the country may also need help, he can offer no new national funding.

"No, I cannot deal with that. I'm going to deal with my electorate. So I'm not doing it as the Minister of Health, but I am doing it as a member for Huon.'"

Mr Zibe says he's also organised a public forum in Lae next week to discuss violence in the home.

He says people in PNG are sick of hearing about women being assaulted by men he describes as idiots.

He says speakers at the forum will include a woman from Chimbu who suffered third-degree burns after her husband set her alight.

The issue of violence against women was recently debated in parliament, following a newspaper's campaign to highlight it.