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Type: Journal article
Title: Debating appropriate approaches to violence in Lihir: the challenges of addressing gender violence in Papua New Guinea
Author: Hemer, S.
Citation: The Asia Pacific Journal of Anthropology, 2018; 19(2):1-17
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2018
ISSN: 1444-2213
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Susan R. Hemer
Abstract: Recent years have seen a proliferation of initiatives aimed at addressing gender violence both at the national and local levels in Papua New Guinea (PNG). Numerous studies in PNG have noted high levels of violence. This paper takes a range of initiatives in the Lihir Islands, New Ireland Province (NIP), as a case study to discuss the challenges of speaking about, creating policy and attempting to manage gender violence. In Lihir there have been marches against violence, business initiatives to combat violence, outreach programs to villages and training programs for individuals and groups. These changes occur locally within the national context of the establishment of the Family Protection Act in 2013 and the Family Violence and Sexual Action Committee in 2000. Despite the seeming groundswell against gender violence in Lihir, the plans and programs are often met with debate about the terms used, the value of programs or events and their appropriateness. Initiatives are critiqued as externally imposed, colonial or inappropriate for the local context which has implications for programs at both local and national levels.
Keywords: Gender violence; Papua New Guinea; research, policy; family protection act; demonstrations; debate
Rights: © 2018 The Australian National University
DOI: 10.1080/14442213.2017.1420097
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