257 men signed a pledge to end family and sexual violence in their homes and communities during the 2016 Morobe Show held on October 15 and 16. 46 women also signed the pledge.
They traced their palm on a piece of coloured paper and signed their name to show their
support to end family and sexual violence in Lae and around the country.
“I will not use this palm to hit my wife or daughter or even my children… I promise. This is my commitment during this 2016 Morobe Show,” said a father of four from Bulolo, as he signed the pledge against FSV.
More and more male teenagers, including school children signed up to support the call to end FSV issues in their families, in Lae city and in PNG.
“I just do not want to see or hear women and children becoming victims to FSV in my neighbourhood,” said Jacky Hiob, an 18-year-old student.
“We boys should respect girls and celebrate them because they are very special,” Patt Mais, another male teenager said.
“We will say NO to family and sexual violence. We want change… we do not want to see our mothers and sisters affected by this,” a group of boys from Bayung High School said.
These boys were part of a group of enthusiastic show-goers who made these decisions after learning of the plight of female FSV survivors.
Femili PNG’s stall within the Health Expo building was bombarded with young people, mostly men curious to know about family and sexual violence issues. Femili PNG staff were kept busy distributing information brochures and spending time talking to people about FSV issues and their implications on society and on families. More than 5700 information brochures, posters and leaflets were distributed to the public.
Femili PNG staff shared testimonies and stories of how lives of children and women were affected by FSV. The staff also talked about the legal implications of FSV and the charges perpetrators can face.