Equality: PNG nowhere close, says PM

TIMES had changed in recent decades and years, but Papua New Guinea was nowhere close to achieving true gender equality in our society.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 10 March 2017
  • 06:02
  • News
Equality: PNG nowhere close, says PM

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This was the sentiment expressed by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on the occasion of International Women's Day this week.
"This is in the workplace, in our communities and in our homes. Violence against women in particular is intolerable in any form.
"This is not only physical violence, but emotional abuse as well.  I call on the men in our communities to be bold and to make change, to stand up for what we know is right in our hearts and to prevent abuse."
O'Neill said in the workplace the government would continue to foster equality in departments, in disciplined services and all agencies.
"We can be proud that today we have more women in senior roles than at any other time in our history. These are women as departmental heads and through staffing ranks, and in our judiciary. But this is not enough and continuous action speaks louder than words.
"In our schools we are seeing positive change with the number of girls receiving an education continuing to grow.
"By making education free for families, more than one million more students are now in school than five years ago, and most of these new students are girls," O'Neill said.

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