Joint statement on the abduction of school girls in Borno State, Nigeria

Joint statement by UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura, UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, and UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict Leila Zerrougui. 

We are extremely concerned by the recent abduction of some 100, 12 to 17-year-old girls who were taken from their school hostel in Chibok, Borno State, in Nigeria on the night of 14th April. Attacks against the liberty of children and the targeting of schools are prohibited under international law and cannot be justified under any circumstances.

We urge those who are responsible for their abduction to release them unharmed, and return them safely to their families, where they rightfully belong.

Schools are and must remain places of safety and security, where children can learn and grow in peace. Girls and young women must be allowed to go to school without fear of violence and unjust treatment so that they can play their rightful role as equal citizens of the world. Women and girls have the right to live free from intimidation, persecution and all other forms of discrimination.

We stand with the Nigerian people, especially the parents and families of the abducted girls.

(Sowora  is strongly condemning   the abduction of the girls in Nigeria  and  urging to release them  unharmed   this is  indeed  barbaric action ,  the  world  must stand with Nigerian people  ,especially the parents and families of abducted girls this much difficult  time)

 

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SOURCE   UN WOMEN

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Edna Adan: Inaugural Recipient of the Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award

    Honoring a Leader in Global Women’s Health

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Edna Adan, inaugural recipient of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing’s Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health.

 

 

 

 

Philadelphia, PA – Following an intense selection process, Edna Adan has been named the inaugural recipient of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health. The award will be presented to Adan on May 15, 2014 and includes a $100,000 cash prize which will be presented biennially to a leader in the field of global women’s health.

 

The Renfield Award joins a long line of firsts for Adan. She was the first Somali girl to be awarded a scholarship to study in Britain, where she learned nursing, midwifery, and nursing management for seven years. The first qualified nurse-midwife in Somaliland, she later became the first lady of the country. After years of advocating for the abolition of harmful traditional practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through her work with the World Health Organization, Adan returned to Somaliland, where she sold all of her possessions to build the country’s first maternity hospital.

Adan was nominated for the Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award by Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. “Edna Adan has been a passionate leader not only as a hands-on nurse in Somaliland, but also in building a hospital and a training system to produce more nurses and midwives to work in remote areas across her country,” said Kristof. “She has been a tireless force to end female genital cutting in her country. The result is that largely by force of will, Edna is saving lives every day – and putting in place public health systems that will save lives for many decades to come. She’s a force of nature, and it’s a privilege to watch her in action.”

For Adan, the phone call from Penn Nursing Dean Afaf I. Meleis telling her that she had been selected to receive the Renfield Award came as she was working to secure funding to expand her hospital and care for more women and children than ever before. When she learned the news, tears welled in her eyes as she shared the Renfield Award could not have come at a better time.

The health of the people of Somaliland is among the worst in Africa, with one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Since opening in 2002, the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital has transformed the lives of women in Somaliland. Over 14,000 babies have been safely delivered with a maternal mortality rate one fourth of the national average and more than 300 women have undergone successful fistula repairs. The Maternity Hospital educates fully qualified healthcare professionals, and remains committed to fighting the practice of FGM.

Supporting leaders like Adan remains a critical part of the mission of Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health. Since 2009, Penn Nursing has engaged over 1,200 people through its women’s health initiative events, leading to extraordinary growth for the Center. One of these individuals was Jean Renfield-Miller, president of the Beatrice Renfield Foundation, the founder of the Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award. “The health and safety of women has far-reaching effects,” said Renfield-Miller. “This award will raise awareness of the issues facing women and girls today and encourage innovative solutions to these problems.”

Adan will receive the Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health and make a presentation as the final speaker at Penn Nursing’s Healthy Cities: Healthy Women – The Global Future conference on May 15, 2014. Registration for Healthy Cities: Healthy Women starts at $20 per person and proceeds from the event will benefit Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health.In addition, the University of Pennsylvania will present Edna Adan with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at its 2014 Commencement Ceremony on May 19, 2014.


For event information and registration, please visit –http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/theglobalfuture, or contacthealthywomen@nursing.upenn.edu

 

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is one of the world’s leading schools of nursing and is ranked the #1 nursing school in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. Penn Nursing is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of nursing research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Penn Nursing prepares nurse scientists and nurse leaders who advance global health through research, education and practice.
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Philadelphia, PA – Following an intense selection process, Edna Adan has been named the inaugural recipient of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health. The award will be presented to Adan on May 15, 2014 and includes a $100,000 cash prize which will be presented biennially to a leader in the field of global women’s health.

 

The Renfield Award joins a long line of firsts for Adan. She was the first Somali girl to be awarded a scholarship to study in Britain, where she learned nursing, midwifery, and nursing management for seven years. The first qualified nurse-midwife in Somaliland, she later became the first lady of the country. After years of advocating for the abolition of harmful traditional practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) through her work with the World Health Organization, Adan returned to Somaliland, where she sold all of her possessions to build the country’s first maternity hospital.

Adan was nominated for the Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award by Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times and co-author of Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. “Edna Adan has been a passionate leader not only as a hands-on nurse in Somaliland, but also in building a hospital and a training system to produce more nurses and midwives to work in remote areas across her country,” said Kristof. “She has been a tireless force to end female genital cutting in her country. The result is that largely by force of will, Edna is saving lives every day – and putting in place public health systems that will save lives for many decades to come. She’s a force of nature, and it’s a privilege to watch her in action.”

For Adan, the phone call from Penn Nursing Dean Afaf I. Meleis telling her that she had been selected to receive the Renfield Award came as she was working to secure funding to expand her hospital and care for more women and children than ever before. When she learned the news, tears welled in her eyes as she shared the Renfield Award could not have come at a better time.

The health of the people of Somaliland is among the worst in Africa, with one of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the world. Since opening in 2002, the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital has transformed the lives of women in Somaliland. Over 14,000 babies have been safely delivered with a maternal mortality rate one fourth of the national average and more than 300 women have undergone successful fistula repairs. The Maternity Hospital educates fully qualified healthcare professionals, and remains committed to fighting the practice of FGM.

Supporting leaders like Adan remains a critical part of the mission of Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health. Since 2009, Penn Nursing has engaged over 1,200 people through its women’s health initiative events, leading to extraordinary growth for the Center. One of these individuals was Jean Renfield-Miller, president of the Beatrice Renfield Foundation, the founder of the Penn Nursing Renfield Foundation Award. “The health and safety of women has far-reaching effects,” said Renfield-Miller. “This award will raise awareness of the issues facing women and girls today and encourage innovative solutions to these problems.”

Adan will receive the Renfield Foundation Award for Global Women’s Health and make a presentation as the final speaker at Penn Nursing’s Healthy Cities: Healthy Women – The Global Future conference on May 15, 2014. Registration for Healthy Cities: Healthy Women starts at $20 per person and proceeds from the event will benefit Penn Nursing’s Center for Global Women’s Health.In addition, the University of Pennsylvania will present Edna Adan with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at its 2014 Commencement Ceremony on May 19, 2014.


For event information and registration, please visit –http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/theglobalfuture, or contacthealthywomen@nursing.upenn.edu

 

The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is one of the world’s leading schools of nursing and is ranked the #1 nursing school in the United States by U.S. News & World Report. Penn Nursing is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of nursing research funding from the National Institutes of Health. Penn Nursing prepares nurse scientists and nurse leaders who advance global health through research, education and practice.
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Jimmy Carter: Violence Against Women Is The Most Pervasive Human Rights Violation In The World

 

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Former president Jimmy Carter    CREDIT: AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews

Former President Jimmy Carter is issuing a call to action to end the abuse and subjugation of women, which he refers to as the “worst and most pervasive and unaddressed human rights violation on Earth.”

Carter issued his strong statements about gender equality in a recent interview with NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell. The former president is currently doing media appearances to promote a new book, A Call To Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power, which discusses the issue of women’s victimization around the world.

There’s significant data to back up his claims. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that one in three women around the world is subject to sexual violence at some point in her life. In many parts of the world, women still aren’t receiving adequate health care and education. Every year, about 14 million girls under the age of 18 are given away as child brides, and an additional 4 million women and girls are bought and sold into slavery. And according to the United Nations, at least 125 million girls in Africa and the Middle East have undergone female genital mutilation.

In his book, set to be released on Tuesday, Carter argues that conservative faith leaders have indirectly contributed to the ongoing violence against women by furthering a society that allows inequality to flourish.

“Religious leaders say women are inferior in the eyes of God, which is a false interpretation of the Holy Scriptures. When [people] see the Pope, the Southern Baptist Convention, and others say that women can’t serve as priests equally with men, they say well, I’ll treat my wife the way I want to because she’s inferior to me,” Carter told NBC News.

Carter and his wife Rosalynn decided to leave their conservative Southern Baptist church because the denomination refuses to ordain women as pastors and believes that wives should remain submissive to their husbands. “I understand that the carefully selected verses found in the Holy Scriptures to justify the superiority of men owe more to time and place — and the determination of male leaders to hold onto their influence — than eternal truths. Similar Biblical excerpts could be found to support the approval of slavery and the timid acquiescence to oppressive rulers,” Carter wrote at the time, arguing that the Bible can also be interpreted to support gender equality. The couple now attends a more moderate Baptist church that has a female pastor.

In an interview with NPR, Carter explained that he’s written to Pope Francis to challenge him on the Catholic Church’s official policy on women in leadership roles. He’s not optimistic that anything will change anytime soon. “But at least the pope, the new pope, is aware of it and is much more amenable, I think, to some changes than maybe some of — or most of — his predecessors,” he said.

Carter’s book makes the case that the United States is at least partly responsible for perpetrating the ongoing violence against women around the globe, since the U.S. wields such great international influence. The former president also sees issues of violence and abuse occurring within America’s borders, particularly as the issue of properly handling sexual assault causes on college campuses and military bases has recently come to a head.

“Exactly the same thing happens in universities in America that happens in the military. Presidents of universities and colleges and commanding officers don’t want to admit that, under their leadership, sexual abuse is taking place,” Carter noted. “Rapists prevail because they know they’re not going to be reported

 

 

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FGM: first suspects to be charged appear in court

Doctor Dhanuson DharmasenaTwo men have appeared in court for the first female genital mutilation (FGM) prosecution in the UK. Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena, 31, from Whittington hospital, north London, and Hasan Mohamed, 40, who is not a medical professional, face the first charges brought under the Female Genital Mutilation Act (2003) in the landmark case.

Dharmasena is accused of carrying out the procedure on a woman after she had given birth in November 2012. It is alleged that he repaired the FGM that had previously been carried out on the patient, after being encouraged and helped by Mohamed.

Lawyers defending both men told Westminster magistrates court that the pair would plead not guilty. Dharmasena, wearing a grey suit, spoke only to confirm his name and address. Mohamed, wearing a grey hooded top and a scarf around his neck, gave his name. His address was not read out in court. Both men were granted unconditional bail and are next due to appear at Southwark crown court on 2 May.

Carrying out FGM has been a criminal offence in the UK since 1985, but there has yet to be a prosecution. In a pre-trial statement, the director of public prosecutions Alison Saunders said: “It was alleged that following a patient giving birth in November 2012, a doctor at the Whittington hospital in London, repaired FGM that had previously been performed on the patient, allegedly carrying out FGM himself.”

FGM has come under the spotlight in recent months after activists stepped up their campaign against it. Earlier this month education secretary Michael Gove wrote to all headteachers after a Guardian-backed petition, which called for education to be put at the heart of tackling the practice, attracted more than 230,000 signatures. Gove sent a letter to all headteachers in England alerting them to guidelines designed to keep children safe, which includes guidance on FGM.

A Department for Education spokeswoman said Gove would keep up pressure on schools by flagging up the dangers of FGM again in his annual “back to school” letter in September.

The Guardian-backed campaign, led by 17-year-old Bristol schoolgirl Fahma Mohamed, was supported by the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-moon, and Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, as well as signatories from around the globe.

FGM is believed to affect up to 140 million women worldwide and an estimated 66,000 women in the UK, with up to 24,000 girls under 15 believed to be at risk.

 

Source: Hiiraan online

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Somalis campaign for their children to not suffer FGM

London Evening Standard

by: MARTIN BENTHAM

Mutilation has been a part of culture in Somaliland for centuries. But girls there tell Martin Bentham it is time for attitudes to change

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Taking a stand: victims Mariam Abdi, and Hoda Saleban, both 15

The poster over the main street in Boroma, Somaliland, has a simple warning emblazoned on it in bold print.

“FGM increases risk of complications during childbirth,” it tells passers-by, reinforcing the message with
“Hands off!” and “Stop Female Genital Mutilation!”

Similar billboards, written in Somali, are outside the university and elsewhere in the centre of the busy town, close to the Ethiopian border. Their prominent location reflects the increasing intensity of a campaign to stop mutilation, after centuries in which the practice has been a central feature of cultural and religious beliefs.
Such beliefs mean FGM remains almost universal in Somaliland, with official estimates indicating that 98 per cent of women have had their genitals cut and sometimes sewn up as well.

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Campaigner: village leader Said Farah Abdullah

 Mutilation remains legal, and openly advocated by some as a protection for girls against promiscuity, social shame, and rejection by prospective husbands. Support for the practice was illustrated this month in another Somaliland town, when an anti-FGM poster identical to the one in Boroma was torn down by protesters after Friday prayers. They claimed its message was un-Islamic.

But attitudes are beginning to change. The government of Somaliland — an autonomous region of Somalia — is preparing a law to stop the worst forms of FGM. Its badge is on the poster. Religious leaders are starting to offer a new interpretation of Islamic law that prohibits sewing and reduces cutting.

Educational campaigns have been launched, teaching girls about their rights and the damaging health consequences of FGM. These are generating increasing opposition to mutilation among the younger generation.

In the remote rural settlement of Xoorey, at a meeting with the charity World Vision, which is providing FGM awareness tuition, one schoolgirl after another spoke out against the practice and told of the trauma they suffered.

Hoda Saleban, 15, said she had undergone “sunna” FGM, involving removal of part of the clitoris — but now believed it was neither culturally nor religiously justified. “I was at home and my mother called a traditional birth attendant who did the sunna one,” she said. “But I will not do it. I remember the pain that I had that day and I don’t want my daughter to be circumcised that way.”

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Protection: Nimco Eid, anti FGM campaigner

Mariam Abdi, also 15, said she was cut at six, but now knew about the health problems. These include a heightened risk of infections, difficulty during labour and potential for stillbirth, and fistula, a condition linked to FGM which causes incontinence.  She added: “It was a bad culture and a bad practice before. It was like a kind of punishment. They did a bad thing to me and I don’t want to do that to my daughters. They  were cutting part of the genitals. It is not good for health.”

Sainab Abdi, 11, suffered FGM aged five and said she did not agree that “cutting a part of a woman” was right.

But, in a sign of how dfficult it is to change attitudes, 12-year-old Nimco Ahmed said she still believed in mutilation, despite giving a vivid account of the trauma she faced: “I was eight years old. It was not only me: there were another three girls. My mother called a traditional birth attendant. Then my mother and some other women were holding my shoulders and legs.

“I was feeling afraid and it was very painful. She was using the blades and it took about 30 minutes. They tied my legs together after they did it. I was in bed for three days. I was in pain.

“But I will do it with my daughters. I have heard it is a bad thing to do, but in our community I believe that every girl should have it done.” Most views in Xoorey do appear to have changed, however. Said Farah Abdullah, 54, a village leader with six daughters, said he had circumcised the elder two, but left the younger four unharmed after being told by a preacher that mutilation was contrary to Islamic teaching.

“I believe that FGM is a bad, bad thing which has affected our grandmothers, mothers and daughters,” he said. “It was against sharia. Now in this community we are strongly against FGM. Democracy is springing. People are realising that everyone has the right to choose what to do with their bodies.”

Asha Omer, an elderly woman, said girls in Xoorey had been cut at the age of 10, but that had changed. Her stepdaughter Sahra Jeh, 13, had not had FGM as a result. “In this community they have told us we should not circumcise our daughters so we don’t anymore,” said Asha.

Sahra added: “I’m very happy not to have been circumcised. I have had a lot of information about FGM and feel bad when I hear that other girls have been circumcised.” What happens in Somaliland is highly significant for the British fight to stop mutilation: the prevalence of FGM among Somali females in Britain is thought to be similarly high.


Hands off: posters warning of the dangers of FGM have been erected in Boroma

The Department for International Development is supporting anti-FGM efforts in Somaliland, and provides funding for projects to improve girls’ rights and opportunities.

Nimco Eid, 27, a World Vision child protection officer who has been leading the charity’s work on FGM there, said success would take years to achieve, but they were gaining results: “It has not been easy to come out and talk about it because it is a cultural belief. But now we have the support of religious leaders, community leaders and parents.

“They understand these problems will continue when their girls are married, when they are pregnant, and afterwards. You can even show up on Somali TV and talk about this.”

She said the typical age at which FGM is inflicted was between six and 11. She had been cut at seven. “If I knew my parents were going to do it now I would say no. I remember the traditional birth attendants coming, carrying a big bag with all the things. Then my aunt forced me to lie down and they did it to me.

“Afterwards I couldn’t go to the toilet because it was very painful. My mother beat me with a stick saying that I must. I want FGM to go from this country. I can’t tolerate girls undergoing what I did.”

 

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Dood wadaag ku saabsan amniga, xaquuqul insaanka oo lagu qabtay Muqdisho

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Kulankan dood wadaaga ah oo ay soo qaban qaabisya Hay’adda Xaquuqda Aadanaha ee Elman ayaa waxaa ka qeyb galay xubno ka tirsan labada gole ee dowladda, siyaasiyiin, aqoonyaho iyo bulshada rayidka, kaasi oo lagu qabtay Muqdisho.

Kulanka ayaa waxaa looga hadlay amniga, xuquul insaanka, dib u dhiska dalka, kaalinta siyaasadeed ee haweenka, kaalinta dhalinyarada ay ka qaadan karaan dib u dhiska dalka iyo xojinta waxbarashada, iyadoo intii ay socotay dooda kulanka la isku waydaarsaday arragtiyo ka turjumeysa muhiimadda ay qodobadaasi leeyihiin.

Fartuun Cabdisalaan Aadan oo ah madaxa Hay’adda xaquuqul insaanka ee Elman oo ka hadlaysa ujeeddada kulanka ayaa sheegtay in shirkan  uu ahmiyad weyn ugu fadhiyo ka qeyb galayaasha, iyadoo sidoo kale ka hadashay dadka ku dhibaateysan goobaha laga xoreeya Al-Shabaab in gar gaar lala gaaro.

Xildhibaan Cabdirashiid Maxamed Xidig oo isna kulanka hadal ka jeediyay ayaa ka hadlay ahmiyadda amniga iyo howlgallada dalka ka socda ee maleeshiyada Al-Shabaab looga xoreynayo goobaha fara ku tiriska ah ee ay dalka kaga suganyihiin, isagoo ku baaqay in la xoojiyo howlgalladaasi.

Xildhibaan Fowsiyo Yuusuf Xaaji Aadan ayaa ka hadashay doorka haweenka Soomaaliyeed ee ay ka qaadan karaan siyaasada iyo dib u dhiska dalka, iyadoo xustay haweenka looga baahanyahay inay ku noqdaan kuwa isku duuban oo ka tashada aayahooda.

Eng, Nadiifo Maxamed Cismaan Wasiirka Howlaha Guud iyo dib u dhiska ee Xukuumadda Soomaaliya ayaa hoosta ka xariiqday in Wasaaraddu ay qorsheynayso in dib u dhis balaaran ay kusameyso goobihii ay dowladdu lahayd, iyadoo su’aalo ku saabsan dhanka amniga, waxbarashada iyo dib u dhiska uga jawaabtay ka qeyb galayaashii kulanka.

Kulanka ayaa ku soo idlaaday sidii loogu talagalay, waxaana la isla afgartay in la joogteeyo kulamada nuucaani oo kale ah.

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Making markets safe for women vendors in Papua New Guinea

Port Moresby’s market vendors are, by and large, women – around 80 per cent. Many of them are extremely poor, depend on the selling of their vegetables for daily subsistence, and have experienced multiple forms of violence in public and private spaces, including sexual violence. Single mothers and widows face particular risks, as they are often stigmatized, and lack economic and social opportunities to reach their potential.

A market vendor at Gordons market in Port Moresby. Photo: UN Women Papua New Guinea/Alethia Jimenez

A market vendor at Gordons market in Port Moresby. Photo: UN Women Papua New Guinea/Alethia Jimenez

Shortly after the Port Moresby Safe City Programme* started in 2011, with the support of the Government of Spain, UN Women conducted a scoping study with local partners in the city to understand the nature and extent of violence against women and girls, including sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence in six marketplaces. It found that 55 per cent of women experienced some form of sexual violence in market spaces in the previous year.

Too often women experienced sexual harassment and other forms of sexual violence and extortion on a regular basis. Too often women vendors were displaced from the market premises and forced to sit by busy roadside or open sewage or trash sites to sell their fruits and vegetables, increasing their risk of suffering violence. The study also indicated inadequate storage facilities and toilets, raising security and health concerns.

Two years later, a lot has changed in one of Port Moresby’s main markets, as a result of the strong participation of women vendors through vendors’ associations and innovative initiatives undertaken as part of a comprehensive approach to build safe markets with, and for, women and girls.

The Geheru market has upgraded its infrastructure, including bathrooms and showers, renovated market stalls and shaded areas and potable running water is now available. Moreover, new innovative cashless methods for collection of fees are being implemented to prevent extortion and theft, a market vendor association has been established, and a referral system for survivors of family and sexual violence in the markets is currently being piloted.

New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Murray McCully; Minister for Sports and Pacific Games, Justin Tkachenko, and Deputy City Manager, Honk Kiap, surveying the conditions of Gordons market. Photo: UN Women/Michelle Alexander

New Zealand Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Murray McCully; Minister for Sports and Pacific Games, Justin Tkachenko; and Deputy City Manager, Honk Kiap; surveying the conditions of Gordons market. Photo: UN Women/Michelle Alexander

Building on these achievements, this week the New Zealand Government announced an additional contribution of up to USD 6.1 million (NZD 7 million) to Port Moresby’s Safe City Programme for a complete refurbishment of infrastructure at a second market site: Gordons Market, the city’s busiest, as well as the largest market in the Pacific. The funding will be made on a one-to-one basis in partnership with the National Capital District Commission (NCDC).

The announcement follows a recent workshop between all Safe City Programme partners and technical experts to provide recommendations for the redevelopment of Gordons market. Recommendations included an enlarged market site, new market buildings and a new drainage system to prevent flooding. To improve management, they suggested ongoing facilitation of vendors’ associations, development and resourcing of cyclical maintenance plans and establishing a mobile-phone-based vendor payment system.

“We have consulted women market vendors and other experts who have given us clear direction as to how to improve the market precinct, improve economic opportunities, improve sanitation, and above all, create a safe public market for everyone,” said UN Women Papua New Guinea Country Representative, Jeffrey Buchanan.

Welcoming the new contribution which will enable a complete refurbishment of the infrastructure at the capital’s busiest market, significantly strengthening the country’s fresh produce supply chain, Mr. Buchanan reiterated “Hard-working market vendors – over 80 per cent of which are women – deserve to have a modern, clean, safe and accessible place to earn a living.”

To provide opportunities for children of the market vendors, two libraries will also be opened in Gerehu and Gordon markets, in partnership with a local bank (Bank South Pacific), a children’s education initiative (Buk Bilong Pikinini), NCDC and UN Women. Many mothers need to take their children with  them to the market, not having the means to put them in school or to pay for child care. The libraries will provide a safe space and learning environment for the children while their mothers work or shop.

*Port Moresby’s Safe City programme is funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It is part of UN Women’s Safe Cities Global Initiative, which works with local governments and civic leaders in 17 cities and seeks to make urban spaces safer for women and girls.

Source  UN  WOMEN

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