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15 January 2017


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Although not included in MWTE, I'd like to take the opportunity here to do as the Pakistan human rights defender champion and 2017 Anna Polistskovskaya Awardee, Gulail Ismail, suggested as a way to support women HRDs globally: record and share the story of HRDs.

At the WoW Festival 2018, I attend the session 'Refusing to be Silenced' where Islmail was on the same panel as Papua New Guinenan Mary Kini (Co-Founder, Kip Women for Peace). It is a courageous and selfless act to risk your life daily on the front lines of war and conflict, as these women are doing. A truly humbling experience to be in their presence and learn about the work they are doing. A few points Mary raised during the panel discussion were posted on Twitter on Saturday (via my account) and I summarise:

• Kup Women for Peace work on the front lines of working towards facilitating peace, assisting victims of violence, particularly sorcery-accusation related violence

• The organisation acknowledges Fiji Women's Crisis Centre as being key donors in providing funding for Kup Women for Peace's work on-the-ground

• Mary spoke about having to contact Amnesty Australia in instances of the national (PNG) response being slow

• Frontline work is 24/7 with limited structural support in place

• A key focus of the organisation and several others in the region and Bougainville is advocating for the implementation of a PNG Human Rights Commission.

• Kup Women for Peace is a member of the Yumi Sanap Strong project. A fantastic visual exhibit by the project was on display at the WoW Festival.

Strong and passionate. Indeed the intent of our forefathers in writing the Constitution was for fairness between the genders and most certainly we have regressed.

You have rightly pointed out that the language used has also unintentionally added to the mentality that there is a difference between man and woman.

Indeed there are physical difference but in terms of what does or does not should not be measured by a all too often phrase like "yu man ah?"

Additionally, Christianity at least in our country has literally taught that a wife must submit to her husband. I totally disagree with that. The rest of the context is that a man love his wife just as the Lord loves the church.

Thank you Elvina and Tanya. To all the contributors, you are amazing women. And to Rashmii, thank you for a great achievement. Congratulations!

WE DID IT! And we will continue our walk with equality.

Bravo! Bravo! Bravo! Such articulate and thought provoking words.

This quote in the piece touched my heart so deeply, "I pray never again to read a news article that contains the words “despite being a female” as if being born female is to be born with an impediment.

"Equality of the genders in PNG must be the norm and not the exception."

True indeed!

After posting my earlier comment, Elvina, I came across this most supportive clip by Ravi Zacharias:

Breaking News Ravi Zacharias Does God favor a gender ... - YouTube
Video for you tube Ravi Zacharias does God favor a gender▶ 7:28
2 days ago - Uploaded by CNN NEWS 2017

Well said, Elvina.

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