FIONA HUKULA | National Research Institute | Edited
PORT MORESBY - In his maiden speech as prime minister, James Marape, stated that Papua New Guinea’s economy will be the key priority for his government.
Mr Marape also reiterated the need to maximise local benefits from the extraction of the country’s natural resources.
It is important to note that a strong and resilient economy will have a positive impact on men, women and children.
However, a prosperous, secure and equitable society requires continued and concerted effort in addressing fundamental problems that affects women and children. Gender-based violence is a key issue which requires continued government attention.
All forms of violence against women and children such as rape, sexual assault and violence related to sorcery accusation affects individuals, families and communities.
Violence against women affects their mental and physical health; and their mobility and productivity.