Safety audit for safer cities for women in Papua New Guinea
“Papua New Guinea is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a woman, with a large number of women experiencing rape or assault in their lifetime and facing systemic discrimination.” While these are criminal offences, domestic violence was specifically proscribed under the 2013 Family Protection Act (FPA), very few perpetrators are brought to justice.
Public spaces like market area and public transportation i.e. the buses and taxis are the most unsafe for women in Port Moresby. These places are where most cases of physical violence and sexual harassment are reported. Young, unemployed males and men under the influence of drugs and alcohol are the most common perpetrators of physical violence and sexual harassment.
Under the Port Moresby Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Global Program, Safetipin has been engaged to build capacity of local authorities to use smart phone solutions in making Port Moresby safe for women and others. The study seeks to map key concerns of women’s safety and security in the city of Port Moresby with focus on sexual violence in public space.