29th November marks the International Human Rights Defenders Walk day globally and this year’s theme is ‘Lead now to end GBV in the World of Work’ which is part of the 20 days of Human Rights Activism.
As part of the Annual International 20 Days of Human Rights Activism, Department of Personnel Management organized a walk from Fincorp Building in Waigani and walked to the Sir John Guise Stadium for Public Servants in Port Moresby to commemorate this day.
This walk is held to celebrate those women and children who have survived some form of violence and human rights abuses and to lend our voice in the call for change to stop violence against women and children.
“We are all here today because we believe in making a difference in the way we live or interact with each other in a peaceful and respectful manner regardless of our diverse backgrounds. We believe in the value of human life,” said DPM Acting Secretary and keynote speaker Taies Sansan.
Sansan added that public servants play a vital role in portraying role model attitudes and behaviors that reflects the values of Public service.
“Today’s march around the theme ‘Lead now to end Gender Based Violence in the world of work’ is a call for all employers and employees in our respective capacities to rise up, step up and speak up against Gender Based Violence that occur within our workplaces,” said Sansan. Sansan also warned all public servants that all forms of GBV will not be tolerated because GBV affects both men and women whether in our homes, our communities or in our workplaces.