Two thirds of the women in Papua have experienced gender-based violence at some point. The domestic violence rate in Papua is one of the highest of all provinces in Indonesia. A problem that is being intensified by COVID-19. The number of incidents has risen and victims, who often cannot leave for economic reasons, suffer even more from the lockdown. They are home-bound and have little contact with the outside world.
Gender-based violence is a problem that is deeply rooted in Papuan society. There are many misunderstandings and victims cannot always count on recognition. In the cities and even more in rural areas. Often victims even lack the realization that they experience gender-based violence.
Hapin has been looking for ways to provide support when it comes to gender-based violence for a long time. We are therefore pleased that we were able to join forces with the organization Pujaprema (Pusat Jaringan Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Anak).
Pujaprema tries to prevent violence, not only between couples but also among dating youth and among parents and children. In the past, she has organized various meetings in which participants commit to a statement not to use violence anymore. Hapin will financially support Pujaprema with its next project:
- Broadcasting various radio advertisements about healthy family structures, male roles in the household and violence during dating.
Radio is a common way of communication in Papua, especially in times of lockdown. Large groups of people can be reached, right up to their homes. The advertisements will be broadcast in Jayapura and the surrounding area.
“Our goal is to show Papuan women and children that they don’t have to remain silent when they face abuse. To decrease violence in the household, it is important to start early. That is why we already discuss violence when dating”, explaines initiator Yohanes Slameth.
Would you like to help? Please donate to IBAN: NL37RABO0444072470 with reference “Gender-based violence” or donate online.