Magazine article New Internationalist

Jailhouse Shocker: Protests in Papua New Guinea

Magazine article New Internationalist

Jailhouse Shocker: Protests in Papua New Guinea

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ACONTROVERSIAL report on mistreatment of women in the five main jails of Papua New Guinea and a series of mob attacks on women by men in markets have angered community leaders. In recent market - place attacks young women were assaulted and stripped naked for reasons such as wearing shirts and shorts or trousers instead of the more conventional meri dress. Some were attacked for wearing make - up. Women are protesting against the absence of police patrols in public places, the slow arrival of police when attacks are reported and lack of support by security guards in markets. Papua New Guinea's deeply male chauvinistic social values are reflected in the fact that not one woman candidate was elected among the country's 109 MPs in last year's general election. The cabinet minister responsible for women's affairs is a man.

A recent national study said up to 70 per cent of murder victims in Papua New Guinea were women and 67 per cent were beaten at least once at home. …

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