Women are asked to report violence

Illustration of Papua women with her children – unicef – IST

Jayapura, Jubi – Women’s Empowerment, Child Protection, and Family Planning Office of Papua Province asked women not to be afraid to report the acts of violence experienced by women and children in the area.

The Office of Women’s Empowerment, Child Protection, and Family Planning of Papua Province, Annike Rawar, believes that there are still women who are reluctant to report the violence for fear.

“We are ready to provide legal assistance to women so that the perpetrators can be penalized according to the rules of law,” said Annike, in Jayapura, Sunday (September 10).

According to her, the number of domestic violence in Papua and West Papua since 2016 has touched the number of 2000 cases.

“This number is recorded in the police and the Department of Women Empowerment,” she said.

By 2017 it has 19 cases of violence, most of which are rape of women and minors.

“The case is we have asked the police to process because this is a criminal act that must be processed according to the rule of law,” he said.

Chairman of the National Commission on Violence Against Women (Komnas Perempuan) Azriana, suggesting the government and the people to use the opportunities given the special autonomy law to move forward in fulfillment of Papuan women, especially those who experience violence and human rights abuses.

“When talking about the welfare of Papuan women who are experiencing violence and layered discrimination, we must see this law as an opportunity which is not yet fully uphold,” Azriana said. (*)