12 May 2014

PNG Govt tackling gender-based violence

4:46 pm on 12 May 2014

The Government in Papua New Guinea says it is taking the lead to eliminate what it calls gender-based violence.

Government agencies including the Department for Community Development and Religion are working together to develop a new national strategy to tackle violence.

The executive director for the Ministry's Development of Women, Gayle Tatsi, says it is time for a more inclusive approach and a national council will be established to help facilitate that.

"We have realised we have had some strategies in the past but they have not really helped us greatly so we are looking at a multi-sectoral approach."

Gayle Tatsi says the government's aim is to achieve its 2050 target of zero tolerance towards gender-based violence.