Monday, 24 June 2013

National Day of Mourning

The stats for violence against women in PNG are staggering--some of the worst in the world.  Half of women have been sexually assaulted.  Two thirds are victims of domestic violence.  Not to mention torture for witchcraft, maternal mortality, HIV/AIDS, cervical cancer, and other heavies that disproportionately affect women.  YIKES.

Due to some high profile cases and grass-roots efforts, people are beginning to speak out.  On May 15th, we observed a National Day of Mourning.  Rallies were organized around the country to bring attention to the problem of violence against women.  Nazarene Hospital sponsored its own event in the outpatient department.  Waiting patients, their watchmen, and whoever else happened to be around head presentations by Voice of Change and some of our hospital leaders.  A community man spoke on behalf of all men, apologizing for the treatment of their mothers and wives and sisters and daughters.  Our hospital chaplain shared a brief devotional and lead in a time of prayer.

One very small step in the fight against violence in PNG!

Here are a couple of links to additional articles relating to this issue...

Day of Mourning

PNG Prime Minister apologizes for violence against women

Women in PNG:  blue ribbon for abuse, white ribbon for violence

Crying Meri:  violence against women in PNG

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted."
~ Matthew 5:4

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