Parkop speaks up for women and calls for violence to end

Parkop speaks up for women and calls for violence to end. Picture: THE NATIONAL

PORT MORESBY, 28 NOVEMBER 2018 (THE NATIONAL) – PORT Moresby recently hosted APEC attended by leaders, business people and media teams from the 21 APECeconomies who caught a glimpse of the city they didn’t usually see or hear of, NCD Governor Powes Parkop says.

Parkop spoke during a walk hosted by United Nations Women on Friday to celebrate the “international day of ending violence against women and girls” in Port Moresby.

He said the visitors who attended APEC had a really good experience in Port Moresby, which was far beyond what they usually hear.

He called on the public to keep it that way by being responsible for their rubbish, respect each other, and most importantly stop violence against women and girls.

“The city is cleaner and safer compared to what it was 10 years ago,” Pakop said.

“If we can all work together to keep it that way, after another 10 years Moresby would be better than what it is now.”

He said the act of committing violence is embedded in all of us, but we can only stop it by telling ourselves to respect others and do what is right.

“Violence is destroying the lives of our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters in the country.

Violence against women must be stopped.

“The visitors who came for the APEC where amazed at our city and our country but there are some things that they did not see but exists within our societies such as violence against women and girls,” he said.

“We know that those things are there and it is up to all of us to work together and eradicate them.”

He said Apec has brought in a lot of foreign investment and will boost the development of the city and he asked for everyone to cooperate and support the change happening by exercising respect for one another.

The campaign was part of the “20 days of activism campaign” against violence and creating safe communities in PNG, which was part of the worldwide campaign against violence.

UN Women country representative Susan Ferguson said the event was organised by United Nations around the world because there was violence everywhere.

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