Help end violence against women in Papua New Guinea
Right now, women and girls in Papua New Guinea (PNG) are experiencing horrific violence and brutality as part of their everyday lives. Murder, torture and sexual assault are commonplace. Researchers recently visited the country and found that despite new laws making sexual and domestic violence a crime, attacks against women and girls at the hands of family members and strangers are still being perpetrated. Although there is no official government data on violence against women and children in PNG, research has said it was widely reported to occur in two-thirds of PNG families and “the incidence is likely to be higher than two in three”. One study cited by the charity in its report found that half of all women would be raped in their lifetime, and another reported that 86 per cent were beaten during pregnancy.
Everyone deserves basic human rights
Human rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. These rights are all interrelated, interdependent and indivisible.
“Oxfam are fast becoming the major provider of services to eliminate violence against women in PNG. On average, Oxfam rescues three women a week who are facing extreme violence. But there is much more to be done. There are still thousands of women who face horrific abuse at the hands of their partners, family and their own community.” – Oxfam
The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.
The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.
The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families.
The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.
The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Please see our website for more information:
How you can help
You can join with Oxfam to help the women and girls of Papua New Guinea. A donation can reach out to survivors of abuse with counselling and crisis support, promote long-term behavioural change in men and boys across Papua New Guinea and help women safely return to their hometowns to begin building a safer future.
$50 can provide basic gender training for 10 men and women, helping to change attitudes and establish equal rights for women.
$110 can provide five abused women with an allowance to start up a small market vending project so that they can support themselves.
$190 can provide six meals for a woman accompanied by two children seeking shelter in a safe house.
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