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Location: Global Gallery 5 Comber St Paddington NSW 2021 Australia
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According to the statistics, in Papua New Guinea two thirds of women are constantly exposed to domestic violence and about 50% of women become victims of sexual assaults (in Chimbu and Western Highlands provinces, 97% and 100% of women surveyed, respectively, said they had been assaulted). Local men do not respect their meri (“women” in PNG Pidgin), constantly beating them, often using bush knives and axes.

The main danger comes from the “Raskol” gangs that rule the settlements in the capital city. Raping women is a “must” for the young members of the gang. In most Papua tribes, when a boy wants to become a man, he should go to enemy’s village and kill a pig. After that, his community will accept him as an adult. In industrial Port Moresby women have replaced pigs. While in traditional villages such attitudes toward women could be attributed to tribal culture, today in Port Moresby violence against women shocks modern society.

It is very rare that violence-against-women cases are brought to court. Most assailants are kept in a prison cell at the police station for a couple of days and then released. The police claim the lack of conviction stems from the fact that victims often fear filing a statement or that many wives take pity on their husbands and insist on the termination of the case. According to the Family Support Center’s statistics, more and more violence against women happens in middle class families, where lawyers, policemen or even church pastors strike their wives. Rejected and beaten women are often kicked out of home to the street, where they became easy targets for the Raskol gangs.

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Location: Global Gallery 5 Comber St Paddington NSW 2021 Australia
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Entry Fee: Free
Exhibition Event:
Official Opening 15/05/2013 8:00 am

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