The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O’Neill CMG MP, has extended best wishes and called for prayers for Mother’s around the country on Mothers’ Day.
PM O’Neill said the second Sunday of May each year is another time to highlight the need for greater community action to empower women and girls, and to take a stand against gender-based violence.
“From our Mothers comes life and learning, and we must always appreciate the role our Mothers play in our communities,” the Prime Minister said.
“I ask all Papua New Guineans to think of their Mothers today, and to spend time with your families.
“If you Mothers have passed on, remember them in your prayers for the life they gave to you.”
The Prime Minister said Mothers’ Day is also a time for all men to reflect on the treatment of women in society, and on what can be done to empower women in our communities and to deal with violence.
“The education of girls is a priority for our Government, and there are hundreds of thousands of girls now in school who never had that chance before.
“We must empower young girls to have a better chance at employment, to take greater control of their lives and to make informed family planning decisions.
“Above all else, men must stand strong to end violence against women.
“Violence against women cannot be tolerated, no matter what.
“Every male in our country has a role to play in dealing with this problem.
“If you are someone who cannot control your temper, you have to seek help to change your ways. If you do not, the law will catch up with you.
“More funding is being committed to deal with violence against women, to arrest men who are violent and to ensure they are tried and convicted.
“Community leaders have a responsibility to prevent violence against women and work with families to create better futures for their people.”