The Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee (FSVAC) was set up as one of the sectoral committees of the CIMC in 2000. The recommendation to establish such a committee came from a workshop conducted in 2000 as part of Papua New Guinea’s silver jubilee celebrations. Concerns about the alarming rate of family and sexual violence against women and children caused several organisations and individuals to approach the British High Commission (BHC) and AusAID through the Institute of National Affairs (INA) to sponsor a workshop to address these issues. The result was the setting up of a national body (FSVAC), specifically mandated to look into the problems associated with family and sexual violence and to come up with concrete ways of addressing these problems.
In 2001 a study was commissioned by CIMC & INA with funding assistance from British High Commission and Aus AID. This study aimed at analyzing the family and sexual violence situation in the country. The output of the study is an integrated long term strategy (2001-2006). Tha actual implementation started in 2002.
Mandate of the FSVAC:
The mandate of the FSVAC is to work towards reducing the occurrence of and suffering caused by physical, sexual and psychological violence, especially between family members in the home environment. The FSVAC does this by implementing the integrated long term strategy.
The FSVAC recognizes that gender-based violence and discrimination are obstacles to equal enjoyment by citizens of their human rights to live free of physical, sexual and psychological violence. It was proposed to review the design of the program so as to consciously adopt a human rights based approach to programming.
The composition of the FSVAC is wide and varied. It has representatives from the government, private sector, non-government organizations, churches, and donors. Total membership of the committee so far is about 81 .
The FSVAC has established provincial family and sexual violence action committees in all provinces except the Enga Province. The setting up of the Enga Provincial FSVAC has been delayed because of the law and order problems. The responses from the provinces have been extremely good with a lot of enthusiasm being shown.
The Long Term Strategy:
The FSVAC long-term strategy recognizes that the problems of family and sexual violence need an integrated multi-sectoral approach. No one department, agency or discipline is responsible for addressing the problem. A draft strategy ‘Ending Violence Against Women in PNG: Strategy and Action Plan 2008-2012’ (funded by AusAID) is currently being circulated for consultation by key stakeholders. The strategy Focus Areas are:
Focus Area 1: Institutional Framework
Focus Area 2: Advocating for Access to Formal and Traditional Justice
Focus Area 3: Services to Vicims/ Survivors
Focus Area 4: Men as Champions and Partners against Violence
Focus Area 5: Community Prevention and Response
Focus Area 6: Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
Focus Area 7. Monitoring, Evaluation and Research
Some of the achievements to date in the implementation of the previous FSV long term strategy (2000-2007) are:
- Networking with the government agencies, private sector and civil society and the establishment of the Provincial Family and Sexual Violence Committees.
- The passing of the amended Criminal Code and new Evidence Act by the National Parliament.
- The opening of the Family Support Centre at the Port Moresby General Hospital, Simbu, Goroka and Kainantu, Lae, Alotau. We expect construction work to start soon at Wewak, Maprik, Arawa, Buka, Mt Hagen, Manus, Kiriwina and Daru hospitals.
- Establishment of the volunteer networks in Milne Bay, Eastern Highlands, Morobe, Madang and East Sepik.
- Completion of a National Resource Directory on family and sexual violence partners and biannual updates on the directory
- Black and white Booklet on newspaper reports of the family and sexual violence since 2005
- Production and reprinting of the IEC Materials annually. An impact assessment is currently being conducted on the use of the IEC materials.
- The preparation of a data collection instrument on family and sexual violence.
- Training conducted with partners on the use of the data software in Goroka, Simbu and Vanimo
- Various skills and advocacy training programs conducted through out the country on family and sexual violence
- Two Workshops on Child Abuse (Pom: 27-28/10/08 – Granville Hotel) and (Lae: 3-4/11/08 – Lae International Hotel)
- Gender Based Violence – 28-29/10/08 – Hideaway Hotel
- 20 Days Activism – 20 Nov – 10 Dec 2008.
- Continue with the role out of the Family Support Centre – MoUs, funding, acquittals and activities reports etc.
- Continue to complete the consultancy work on assessment of the IEC materials impact.
- Continue providing advise and support to Provincial FSVACs
How does the work of the FSVAC fit into the overall CIMC objective?
The objective of the CIMC is to bring together government agencies, private sector and civil society partners to develop policy and directly influence government decision making for long term development of PNG.
The FSVAC uses the same consultation approach to implement the integrated long term strategy. Committee members from the provinces attend FSVAC national activities and meetings in Port Moresby and participate in the regional forums organized by CIMC.
The FSVAC’s role in implementing the long-term strategy is in co-ordination and networking between partners, including government departments. This has started successfully with the establishment of all the focus groups which are now implementing activities under their respective focus areas.
All provincial FSVACs are expected to implement the strategy. However; prioritizing of the activities will again depend upon the priorities and available resources of each provincial FSVAC.
The FSVAC is fully funded by international donors. The major donors are – AusAID, the British High Commission, the Asia Foundation, US State Government, UNFPA and UNICEF.
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