On Friday 15 March 2013, a new movement calling itself 'Women Arise PNG' presented their action plan to end violence in all forms in Papua New Guinea to Minister for Community Development, Hon. Loujaya Toni, in the State Room of Parliament House, Port Moresby.
MC Sharlene Gawi introduced members of the movement to the 50-plus audience of women and men, interested in finding out how they can be a part of this bold new group. Eddie Aila, of Aila Consulting Ltd, is standing up to change mindsets in our next generation. “Men and women do what we believe in and I want more of us to believe in this,” he said.
Committee members Sarah Todd and Esther Igo were motivated to action following the brutal attacks on women in PNG in recent weeks, but are determined to be strategic about their approach to enforce human rights and equal rights for everyone.
“We can not feel sorry for ourselves. We have the strength to do this,” declared Sarah in her introduction to Minister Toni. Esther presented harrowing statistics and achievable goals, “We have to have a PNG solution, we know the issues.”
Minister Toni was inspired by the presentation and said the government will support all endeavours to tackle violence in Papua New Guinea.
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