PNG Children in Crisis

We must do more to keep kids safe from violence

PNG Children in Crisis

We must do more to keep kids safe from violence


World Vision, Child Protection, PNG, End Violence Against Children, Papua New Guinea, Australian Aid

World Vision, Child Protection, PNG, End Violence Against Children, Papua New Guinea, Australian Aid



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Violence against PNG Kids is epidemic

According to research conducted by World Vision Australia:

75 percent of children experience physical abuse

307 child rapes reported over 12 months in Port Moresby

85 percent of men say they beat their children

50 percent of children feel unsafe in their neighbourhood

50 percent of parents admit to verbally abusing their child

29 percent of young people said they were beaten at least once a week by a male family member

18 percent of young people said they were beaten at least once a week by a female family member

 

 

 



How can we End Violence Against Children in PNG?

We know what works to reduce violence, for example, programmes to change harmful norms in communities, school education focusing on respectful relationships, the establishment of safe houses and creation of a strong child protection workforce.

We can end violence but it will take a targeted investment by both the PNG and Australian Governments to do so....


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Every child deserves to feel safe at home, at school and in the community. But sadly, millions of children in our region experience violence. - Claire Rogers CEO, World Vision Australia



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What can Australia do to help PNG kids?

Although Australia is a generous Aid partner to Pacific Nations, especially PNG. The Government only directs 0.1% of Australian aid specifically to End Violence Against Children (EVAC) programs (solely focused on children).

World Vision Australia recommends for the Australian Government to put children at the heart of Australian aid by:

  1. Creating a dedicated Child Rights Unit to mainstream children’s rights across Australian Aid Programs
  2. Introducing Child Impact Assessments to measure and regularly report on our contribution to protecting the world's most vulnerable children

This action will uphold Australia’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to leave no child behind. Australian aid must have a child wellbeing indicator because what gets measured gets done.

Sign the petition to put children at the heart of Australian Aid



What can PNG Government do to help PNG kids?

 

An Alliance of child-focused NGOs in Papua New Guinea, including World Vision, has come together to create a new movement of Pikinini Defenders.

The first recommendation being made by their campaign is for the PNG Government to fund a commitment made in legislation to recruit 300 Child Protection Officers.

There are currently only 28 paid Child Protection Officers for the whole country.

More are desperately needed to be employed to serve as 'first responders' to children who survive violence. They help them to access shelter, medical assistance and report offences to the local police.

Sign our letter to PNG's High Commissioner to Australia


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Discover more about our work to protect children:




Unseen, Unsafe Report

 

A sobering new report details, for the first time, the shocking levels of physical, emotional and sexual violence, as well as neglect faced by children living in the Pacific and Timor Leste.

We know what works to reduce violence, for example, programmes to change harmfulnorms in communities, school education focusing on respectful relationships, the establishment of safe houses and creation of a strong child protection workforce. We can end violence but it will take a targeted investment to do so.   


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Every child deserves to feel safe at home, at school and in the community. But sadly, millions of children in our region experience violence. - Claire Rogers CEO, World Vision Australia



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Why we should and how we can prioritise children in Australian Aid


Children First

World Vision has a bold plan for the Australian Government to ensure that at least 80% of Australian Aid investments, regardless of their objectives, effectively support, protect and empower children. 

Why?

  1. children are more likely to live in poverty than adults;
  2. children experience inequality and poverty in different ways than adults;
  3. children have the right to be heard and listened to; and
  4. children have the right to be protected.

Read our Recommendations to the Government: Children First (PDF 586KB)




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The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child has not been directly incorporated into Australian law as a whole. - Children and their Rights Policy


WORLD VISION'S CHILD RIGHTS POLICIES


Children and their rights

Children are entitled to special care and assistance and also entitled to exercise their right to participate in matters affecting them.

Most vulnerable children
We focus our work on reaching and supporting children who live in catastrophic situations and relationships characterised by violence, abuse, neglect, exploitation, exclusion and discrimination.

We seek improved learning outcomes, particularly for the most vulnerable children, through high-quality and inclusive education at all stages of the life cycle.

Maternal and newborn child health
We affirm that all people, including women and children, should be well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services, regardless of where they live.

Young people
We recognise the importance of supporting and working with young people to ensure their voice, ideas and actions have a platform and can contribute to positive change and to building peaceful societies.