And while there are countless groups and organisations throughout PNG committed to combating these issues, one such that is shedding a more creative light onto the problem is ‘The Yumi Kirapim Senis Initiative’, a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP), the Department for Community Development and Religion, the Consultative Implementation and Monitoring Council (CIMC) and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). Using the medium of film and photography, the Yumi Kirapim Senis program aims to highlight stories of gender-based violence, violence against children and issues relating to sorcery and tribal warfare, among many others.
The Paradise Cinema, Vision City, was temporarily transformed into a makeshift art gallery for the initiative’s launch on Wednesday 25 November, with its walls lined with powerful images captured by participants of photo workshops held in six different provinces including Madang, Wewak, Jiwaka, Goroka, Rabaul and Simbu. Accompanying each image were the personal stories of the photographer, allowing viewers to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the exhibition.
Hon. Delilah Gore, MP, addressed guests stating that, ‘It is everyone’s business to stop this violence.’ She also added that she was looking forward to implementing policies that will protect Papua New Guinea’s women and children.
Six short documentaries produced by the Center for Social and Creative Media and the University of Goroka were shown, showcasing the extraordinary work of individuals and organisations and their challenges in addressing gender-based violence across Papua New Guinea. Emotions were clearly visible from audience members who periodically erupted in applause, laughter, and of course tears. Following the screening, participants of the documentaries were welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation and praised for their bravery and strength in sharing their inspiring stories.
Stingcoins captures the works of the Ward 7 sporting initiative in one of Madang’s most notorious settlements. Under the leadership of settlement resident Awok Awok, we meet young men and women who, through sports, have learnt how to better communicate with each other and have built stronger and more respectful relationships in their community.
MI SANAP STRONG
Mi Sanap Strong tells the story of Amanda from Jiwaka who was forced to leave her husband and children in order to survive an abusive relationship. Linking up with the organisation Voice for Change, Amanda succeeds in developing vital agricultural and marketing skills that allow her to become emotionally and financially independent.
Wosera Justice focuses on the work of the St Anna’s Crisis Centre (SACC) in the Wosera district in East Sepik, led by Anna Kinbange. The film shares the experiences of domestic violence within two families and how working with the crisis center has brought personal healing and justice to its victims.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
Making a difference captures the work of male advocate and champion, Gerard Saleu, from Goroka. Gerard, along with his wife Louisa, provides support and care to women experiencing all forms of violence. He works directly with violent husbands and local communities to mitigate the impact their actions have on the lives of their families.
Positive Strokes documents the importance of counseling as a significant component in the healing process of those impacted and affected by gender-based violence. The film follows counselor Ruby Matane as she works to assist clients to regain control of their lives.
CLOSING THE GAP
Closing the Gap looks at the way women from adversary clans in the Simbu Province set the ground for justice in cases of sorcery and tribal warfare. We follow the experience of a married couple accused of sorcery and displaced from their home.
Credits: all images courtesy Yumi Kirapim Senis
Image 1 - DVD and gift pack
Image 2 - Launch at Paradise Cinema courtesy Yumi Kirapim Senis
Image 3 - Simbu policeman Peter Lari speaking at the launch
Image 4 - Louise, Janet & Gerard - Film - Making a Difference
Image 5 - Scene from Stingcoins
Image 6 - Scene from Stingcoins
Image 7 - Sgt Mary Miul, Kundiawa Police - Film - Closing the Gap
Image 8 - Feedback session in Wosera, ESP
Image 9 - Amanda and Lilly - Film - Mi Sanap Strong
Image 10 - Yumi Kirapim Senis logo