18 Nov 2013

Conference in PNG aims to set strategy for victims of violence

7:22 pm on 18 November 2013

As Papua New Guinea continues to face high rates of family and sexual violence, a Médecins Sans Frontières co-hosted conference in Port Moresby this week aims to develop a new strategy to deal with the crisis.

The conference is bringing together key national and international stakeholders to develop a concrete response plan to be implemented in 2014 and 2015.

The conference chair and National Coordinator of the Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee, Ume Wainetti, says the aim is to have a plan to help survivors of violence gain access to medical help, protection, and justice.

Rates of family and sexual violence in PNG are among the world's highest, with a recent UN study finding that one in five women's first experience of sex was rape, and that one-third of men had been sexually abused as children.