Pacific women call for investigation of women’s rights in West Papua
August 26, 2016
Information in this article was originally written by Radio New Zealand
Radio New Zealand has reported that Pacific women are calling for an independent mission to investigate violence against women in occupied West Papua.
West Papuan human rights activist Rode Wanimbo speaking to the Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women. Photo: Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women
Recently the Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women which represents policy makers and front line workers from 13 Pacific countries held it’s 7th meeting in Fiji and discussed the suffering of victims of gender violence in West Papua.
West Papuan human rights activists Rode Wanimbo (centre with headdress), Bernadetha Mahuse (second from right) and Ivana Yohana (right) seen with Merilyn Tahi (left, Vanuatu), Shamima Ali (second from left, Fiji) and Ofa Likiliki (Tonga). Photo: Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women. Caption: Radio New Zealand.
Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki, the director of the Women and Children Crisis Centre, of Tonga said that the network stands in solidarity with women from West Papua. She said,
“Members of the network in the outcomes resolution are calling for a fact-finding mission to be undertaken in West Papua to look into the status of women and girls and the impact of the conflict and political tensions on women and girls as a result, ”
We would like to express our deepest thanks to the Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women for all their strong support and solidarity for the women of West Papua who continue to endure some of the most brutal human rights abuses of the occupation.