The Jakarta Post
Dozens of women and several men marched in Jayapura, Papua, to show their support for the fight against gender-based violence on International Women's Day on Thursday. They gave flowers and areca nuts to people driving around Abepura traffic circle in Jayapura, Papua, on Thursday.
The areca nuts are the symbol for peace. We appeal to people to communicate and interact peacefully with women,” said Vien Yarangga, the coordinator of the march.
She said gender based violence in Papua had increased significantly. “Violence against women in Papua used to happen in the home by family members. Now violence against women also happens outside the house,” she said.
"Children have been raped on their way home from school. Some were even raped by their school friends,” she added.
Vien appealed to all women in Papua to stop being afraid of speaking out against violence. “All women who have fallen victim to violence should be brave and report it. Don’t be afraid!” she said.
Nur Aida Duwila, director of Legal Aid Institute Apik in Papua said there had been eight cases of violence against women and children in 2018. “I believe there are many more unreported cases,” she said.
Maria Woisiri, an activist, appealed to men to end violence at home. “Husbands, please stop beating your wives at home. Stop drinking alcohol, your wives will be the victims of your behavior!” she said. (gis/evi)