25 Nov 2013

Impact of PNG domestic violence conference exceeds NGO's expectations

7:47 pm on 25 November 2013

The non-government organisation, Médecins Sans Frontières, says an inaugural conference addressing high sexual and family violence rates in Papua New Guinea has exceeded expectations.

The group co-hosted the conference in Port Moresby last week, which brought together a range of national and international groups.

Médecins Sans Frontières' Head of Mission in PNG, Paul Brockmann, says PNG has never held such a conference before.

"I have to say it exceeded my hopes and certainly my expectations. I think it was just really a gathering of people that were more committed than I dared hope they would be to create some real tangible step by step change next year and 2015."

Mr Brockmann says representatives from 11 provinces also attended and they have developed specific action plans for their areas.